Tidbits for Indiana Parents Adopting Foreign Children

Many parents are adopting children from foreign countries. Often the adoption must be completed in the home country before the family can leave together permanently. Once the family returns to the US, some states allow “re-adoption” of the child. Indiana law does not allow or require “re-adoption”, but does allow the registration of a foreign adoption.

The act of registering the adoption in Indiana has the same force and effect as if the adoption decree were made in the State of Indiana. The adopted person has the same rights and is capable of taking by inheritance, upon the death of the adoptive parent, property located in Indiana, as though the person had been adopted according to the laws of Indiana.

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