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Indiana Code Title 33. Courts and Court Officers § 33-24-13-3

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Sec. 3.  (a) The program shall be organized and administered by the chief justice of the supreme court.  The chief justice shall appoint an advisory committee composed of eight (8) members as follows:

(1) Two (2) practicing attorneys.

(2) Two (2) judges.

(3) Two (2) Indiana law school professors or administrators.

(4) Two (2) members representing community groups.

(b) The chief justice shall serve as chair of the advisory committee.

(c) Appointed members of the committee serve for three (3) year terms and may be reappointed.

(d) The committee shall solicit applications and select persons for the program who:

(1) have earned a bachelor's degree;

(2) have applied to an Indiana law school;

(3) have demonstrated the interest, motivation, and capacity to earn a law degree;  and

(4) would benefit from the special training offered by the program.

(e) The committee shall award annual stipends to certified graduates of the program.

(a) Nonidentifying information.--Nonidentifying information, if available, shall be provided to the requester within 30 days of the request.

(b) Identifying information.--

(1) If an authorization form is on file, the department shall notify the requester within 30 days of the request whether information may be released.

(2) If there is no authorization on file, the department shall designate an authorized representative to:

(i) Use reasonable efforts to locate the subject of the request.

(ii) If the subject of the request is located, obtain written authorization from the subject before any information is released.

(c) Confidentiality of information.--In conducting a search, the court or agency shall ensure that no individual, other than a birth parent, is informed of the adoptee's existence and relationship to the birth parent.

(d) When inquiry not mandatory.--An authorized representative of the court or agency conducting a search may not make an inquiry which the representative reasonably believes may compromise the confidentiality relating to the relationship between the adoptee and a birth parent of the adoptee.

(e) Authorization form.--An authorization form allowing the release of identifying information may be withdrawn at any time by the individual who signed the authorization form.

(f) Editing information.--Before the release of information from the registry, the department shall remove any identifying information, unless authorized in writing by the subject of the information to release the identifying information.

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