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.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • 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.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Electronic funds transfer: The transfer of money between accounts by consumer electronic systems-such as automated teller machines (ATMs) and electronic payment of bills-rather than by check or cash. (Wire transfers, checks, drafts, and paper instruments do not fall into this category.) Source: OCC
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • 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
  • minor: means a person less than eighteen (18) years of age. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • 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.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the commonwealths, possessions, states in free association with the United States, and the territories. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verified: when applied to pleadings, means supported by oath or affirmation in writing. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5