Michele L. Jackson, founding partner of Harden Jackson, LLC, and Chair of the firm’s Adoption and Reproductive Law Practice Group, was appointed to the Indiana Governor’s Adoption Committee on July 21, 2014. Michele, who is also the CEO and founder of MLJ Adoptions, will be serving on the committee alongside eight other Indiana adoption professionals.
The Indiana Governor’s Adoption Committee was formed after Governor Pence enacted House Enrolled Act 1222 (HEA 1222) earlier this year. HEA 1222 also established Indiana’s first adoption tax credit. The committee’s responsibilities include studying other states’ partnerships with private, faith-based, and community organizations to provide services through the states’ public adoption programs, making recommendations to improve of Indiana’s adoption programs, and reporting the findings and recommendations to Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana Department of Child Services.
Michele was heavily involved with the Act throughout the legislative process, and had the privilege to testify before the Indiana House Family, Children, and Human Affairs committee in support of the Act. Her testimony included information about the individual and communal benefits of expanding and improving adoption in the State of Indiana, as well as the life-changing impact of adoption. Michele also emphasized that lack of financial resources may dissuade families from pursuing adoption. Michele was honored to attend the ceremonial signing of HEA 1222 alongside adoptive families and other adoption advocates, who were there to witness the culmination of their hard work.