Effective July 1,
Indiana residents placed for adoption before Jan. 1, 1994, can request
access to their birth records from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)
due to a change in state law. These records have been generally unavailable
to adoptees until now.
adoptions that took place prior to Jan. 1, 1994, were automatically closed
unless the birth parent gave consent for his or her information to be made
available. With the signing of Senate Enrolled Act 91 in 2016, these records
are now open unless the biological parent files a nondisclosure form with
Hoosiers placed for
adoption before Jan. 1, 1994, who would like to access their adoption
records containing information such as the names and medical histories of
their birth parents can go to the ISDH website at
and fill out the Identifying Consent Form (Form 47896). This must be
submitted to ISDH with a copy of a government-issued photo ID, like a
driver’s license, military ID, or passport. These documents can be scanned
and emailed to ISDH’s Vital Records Division at VRAdoptionRegistry@isdh.in.gov.
They also can be printed and mailed to ISDH at the following address:
Indiana State Department of Health, ATTN: Indiana Matching Registry Ð Vital
Records, 2 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. No in-person requests
will be processed.
All requests will
be reviewed and processed as quickly as possible based on the volume of
requests. Individuals should allow up to 16 weeks from the date the forms
and ID are received to receive their records.
Birth parents who
placed a child for adoption prior to 1994 and who wish to limit release of
their identifying information must file a "contact preference form" with
ISDH. Birth parents also can use this form to indicate that they prefer
contact only through an intermediary. The birth parent contact preference
form (Form 56535) can be found at
The form can be
scanned and emailed to ISDH’s Vital Records Division at VRAdoptionRegistry@isdh.in.gov
or be printed and mailed to ISDH at the address above.
Birth parents who
placed a child for adoption after Jan. 1, 1994, and filed a nonrelease form
with ISDH to restrict access to their information will not have to file a
new form. Their original form will remain in effect.
This change in the
law will bring adoptions occurring before 1994 into alignment with current
statute, under which post-1993 adoption records are open unless the birth
parent files a form to keep them closed.
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