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Adoption advocates to push to open records

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Posted at 8:26 AM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 09:43:16-05
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The leader of an advocacy group for Indiana adoptees says she's optimistic state lawmakers will endorse a bill to expand adoptees' access to sealed records.
 
Bloomington resident Pam Kroskie of Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records tells The Herald-Times the group believes it has "a really good shot this time to make it all the way through" the Legislature after another measure stalled last session.
 
She says the bill lawmakers will consider when their session begins Jan. 5 is similar to legislation Ohio lawmakers enacted in March.
 
The new bill would give biological parents the option of designating if they are comfortable with being contacted directly by an adult adoptee, if they prefer being contacted by an intermediary, or if they do not want to release any identifying information.