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Adoption records bill moves forward

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 23:14:17-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- They have gone decades without knowing who their birth parents are, but now some Hoosiers might be one step closer to finally getting answers. 

Many of those Hoosiers have fought for this since 1994 when a measure sealed adoption information going back to 1941. 

Thursday, a bill at the Statehouse that would reverse that passed 43-5 in the Senate and is headed to the House. 

A similar bill passed the Senate a year ago, but failed to make it through the House. 

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Now, the non-profit group HEAR, or Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records, says lawmakers have made the right adjustments to get the bill through the Statehouse and possibly get answers for those who have waited a lifetime for them. 

"Some people just want their information, where they were born, how much they weighed, maybe their birth name, what they were given, and their parents' names, but to not know is haunting, almost. We have no idea where we come from," Pam Kroskie said. 

If this bill were to become law, those records would become available in 2018, unless biological parents filed another non-disclosure form. 

Opponents to this say birth mothers had a right to privacy, but the bill's champions say the benefits to those who don't know who their parents were far outweigh that. 

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