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Thumbnail image for Africa orphanage trip.jpgYesterday attorney Michele Jackson was asked to give testimony in front of the Indiana legislature in support of Governor Pence’s bill on the adoption tax credit. The bill was approved by the The Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee. Governor Pence has stated that his goal would be to make Indiana the nation’s “most pro-adoption state.”

This is part of a continued effort from Ms. Jackson to advocate for Indiana laws to benefit adopted children and their families. Prior to this testimony, Ms. Jackson met with representatives from the Governor’s office and other Indiana legislature representatives to educate and promote favorable laws in Indiana for adoption. The federal government offers a tax credit for adoptive parents. The bill would allow any Indiana adoptive parents eligible for the federal tax credit to be eligible for the proposed state credit. The bill also would establish a committee to study other states’ adoption programs to improve Indiana policy, including streamlining the process.

Ms. Jackson is well regarded for her work in international adoptions. She has dedicated her profession and personal philanthropy to the adoption and care of orphans worldwide, while assisting couples and individuals to realize their dreams of becoming parents. For a link to the article about the bill, click here.

sad boy.jpgAny parent, whether birth mother, intended parent, step-parent or otherwise, who has considered adoption must understand the risks. There are certain circumstances in which an adoption is not successful. In domestic adoptions, the birth mother and birth father have numerous rights that vary based upon the specific situation. It is important that all parties involved in an adoption understand the process and work with experienced professionals to assist. However, there are some situations that cannot be remedied and an adoption is contested.

Under Indiana law, birth parents are almost always required to give consent to the adoption of their child. A contested adoption can occur under a number of circumstances – when a birth parent contests the validity of consent documentation, alleges that consent was obtained under fraud or duress, or a birth father contends that he was never informed of the child’s birth (and not given the opportunity to retain or terminate his parental rights). In Indiana, this withdrawal of consent must occur within thirty days of the consent being signed; there may not be withdrawal of consent after an adoption decree.