Chapter 1 Jurisdiction Over Adoption Proceedings
Chapter 2 Filing of Petition for Adoption
Chapter 2.5 General Notice Requirements
Chapter 3 Notice of Adoption Before Birth of Child
Chapter 4 Notice of Adoption After Birth of Child
Chapter 4.5 Other Persons Entitled to Notice of Adoption
Chapter 5 Putative Father Registry
Chapter 6 Search of Paternity Records and Putative Father Registry
Chapter 7 Prior Approval of Placement of Child in Proposed Adoptive Home
Chapter 8 Supervision of Child by Licensed Child Placing Agency
Chapter 9 Consent to Adoption
Chapter 10 Withdrawal of Consent to Adoption; Contest of Adoption
Chapter 11 Disposition of Petition for Adoption; Adoption Decree
Chapter 12 Record of Adoption
Chapter 13 Establishment of New Birth Certificate Following Adoption
Chapter 14 Limitations on Direct or Collateral Attacks or Appeals of Adoption Decrees
Chapter 15 Effect of Adoption on Parents
Chapter 16 Postadoption Visitation Privileges
Chapter 16.5 Postadoption Sibling Contact
Chapter 17 Preparation of Adoption History for Adoptive Parents
Chapter 18 Establishment of Adoption History Program Administered by State Registrar; Adoption History Fund
Chapter 19 Confidentiality Requirements for Adoption History and Other Adoption Records
Chapter 20 Release of Medical History Information
Chapter 21 Consent to Release of Identifying Information
Chapter 23 Release of Nonidentifying Information
Chapter 24 Court Proceeding to Request Release of Adoption History Information Not Available From State Registrar
Chapter 25 Release of Identifying Information; Requests for Information Concerning Pre-Adoptive Siblings
Chapter 25.5 Requests for Information Concerning Adoptees and Pre-Adoptive Siblings
Chapter 26.5 Adoption Subsidies
Chapter 27 Program for Adoption of Hard to Place Children
Chapter 28 Adoption Decrees in Foreign Jurisdictions
Chapter 29 Interstate Compacts on Adoption Assistance

Terms Used In Indiana Code > Title 31 > Article 19 - Family Law: Adoption

  • adoption subsidy: means payments by the department to an adoptive parent of a child with special needs to assist with the cost of care of the child:

    Indiana Code 31-19-26.5-1

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • child with special needs: means a child who:

    Indiana Code 31-19-26.5-2

  • Clerk: means the clerk of the court or a person authorized to perform the clerk's duties. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • medical record: means written or printed information possessed by a provider (as defined in IC § 16-18-2-295) concerning any diagnosis, treatment, or prognosis of the patient, unless otherwise defined. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5
  • Month: means a calendar month, unless otherwise expressed. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.