Upon birth mother's death, my adoption file was to be opened and all material therein was to be given to me. When the contents of the file were mailed to me, I realized that some important information that I knew to exist in the file had been withheld. Upon contact, agency claimed a right to withhold the information in question. (The missing information I am seeking is from interviews between birth mother and agency, as well as between adoptive mother and agency.) As the adoptee, I feel it's my right to obtain the notes (which I know, per phone conversations with an agency representative that predate the unsealing of the file) include information about my background/the genesis of my adoption.
Quick reply - information wrongfully withheld by adoption agency:
Go to the county of the adoption and contact the county clerk to learn the rules about obtaining information a closed adoption. Indiana adoption records are sealed by the court. The prospective foster/adoptive parents may be single or married. The cost of working with an attorney and not involving an agency may range from $10,000 to $50,000 and averages $9,000 to $16,000.
- ISDH: Adoption Information - IN.gov
- ISDH: Adoption Matching Registry - IN.gov
- Adoption & Birth Certificates/Records
- Home Study Requirements for Prospective Foster Parents
- Indiana Court of Appeal Rules on Wrongful Adoption Case
- Protecting the Rights of Hard to Place Children in Adoptions
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