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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - "Bill would send adoption notice to grandparents"

Shelby Mullis of TheStatehouseFile reports in a brief story in the Greensburg Daily News. Some quotes:

Some Indiana grandparents could soon receive notification of a child’s adoption if one lawmaker’s bill continues to make strides.

The idea for House Bill 1245 came to Rep. Mike Karickhoff, R-Kokomo, after what he calls a tragic case.

“There was a positive relationship between grandparents and the parent remarried after the grandparents’ daughter had passed, and visitation was cut off,” Karickhoff said. “The grandparent did not realize at the time of the adoption her visitation would be cut off.”

Karickhoff said had the grandparent been notified, she would have had the opportunity to choose whether she wanted to petition the court for visitation.

HB 1245 is an effort to prevent similar cases, ultimately granting a notification of adoption to grandparents with existing rights to petition for visitation of their grandchild.

The notice would make grandparents aware of possible visitation termination if they choose to not go to court through a separate action to seek a visitation order.

ILB: The story then quotes Court of Appeals Judge Margret Robb. It is unclear from the story whether Judge Robb provided testimony on the bill at the committee hearing or was interviewed by the reporter:
[Judge] Robb said the bill only serves as a “notice bill,” specifically for grandparents who, if they previously obtained a court order setting out their visitation rights, would continue to have those rights after an adoption.

“In summary, this bill is a piece of legislation designed to ensure fairness to grandparents so they know what their rights are with respect to their grandchildren,” she said. “It does not increase, decrease, alter or change those rights.”

Robb said notice would not be required in “stranger” adoptions, but only in adoptions through a stepparent and biologically related people, such as a sibling, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 15, 2017 09:08 AM
Posted to Indiana Government