Adoption Search: Indiana Adoption History Registry


The Indiana State Department of Health has established an Adoption History Registry for adult adoptees and birth parents. This registry is considered a mutual consent registry, meaning that if both parties agree to exchange identifying information, the exchange will be made.

In order participate in the registry, the adult adoptee or birth parent files two forms (known as Identifying Information Consent Form 47896 and Non-Identifying Information Consent Form 47897) with the registry, agreeing to the release of their information. When the state receives the forms, they process the information to see if the other party in the adoption has also registered. If so, a “match” is made and it is determined that both parties have agreed to the exchange. The Indiana State Department of Health will send the adult adoptee the name, address and phone number of the birth mother and the birth mother will also be sent the name, address and phone number of the adult adoptee. No information can be released unless both parties have completed the forms and registered on the adoption registry.

The Indiana Adoption History Registry is a free service. Adult adoptees must be at least 21 years old to receive identifying information. Birth fathers are not permitted to use the registry unless they were legally married to the birth mother when the child was born, or they legally established paternity for the child. This registry is only available for adoptions that occurred in Indiana.

To receive the necessary forms and for additional information, call the Indiana State Department of Health at 317.233.7253, or print the forms directly at www.in.gov/isdh/20371.htm

If both parties have not registered to exchange information, the adult adoptee or the birth parent can contact their adoption agency to request a search for the other party. Most agencies charge a fee for their searches.