Advertising: Only licensed agencies or attorneys may create an ad listing a person’s telephone number, on behalf of that person, that a child is offered or wanted for adoption, or that a person is able to place, locate, or receive a child for adoption. Only licensed agencies or attorneys may charge a fee for adoption services legally provided. § 35-46-1-21; 35-46-1-22
Relinquishment: Birth mothers may give consent to an adoption any time after the birth of their child. Birth fathers can give consent before birth if the consent: is in writing, signed before a notary public, and contains an acknowledgement that consent is irrevocable and that the father will not receive notice of adoption proceedings. Birth parents have 30 days after giving consent to revoke. Once the final adoption proceeding is passed, consent cannot be revoked. § 31-19-9-2
Birth parent expenses: The following expenses are permitted in Indiana: reasonable attorney, hosptial, medical, counseling, travel to services, and living expenses. Total expenses are not to exceed $3,000 unless approved by the courts. Living expenses are not to last longer than 6 weeks after pregnancy and cannot exceed a total of $1,000.
Post-adoption contact agreements: Contact agreements are legally enforceable in Indiana. Agreements must be in writing, approved by the courts and both adoptive and birth parents. Courts approve agreements so long as the child is at least 2 years old, and the agreement is in the child’s best interest. For more information, visit Adoption.com’s Indiana wiki.
Birth father rights: Indiana currently uses a putative father registry for unmarried fathers to file their information with the State Department of Health and receive notice of adoption proceedings. If the mother chooses not to disclose the identity of the putative father, unmarried fathers must register in order to receive notice. § 31-19-5-2
Finalization: Out of 811 adoptions completed in 2014, the average time between termination of parental rights and adoption finalization was 11.8 months. (acf.hhs.gov)
Review Indiana adoption laws in detail.