Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions - Indiana

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Jurisdiction

Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 31-19-1-2; 31-19-2-2

In each county that has a separate probate court, the probate court has exclusive jurisdiction in all adoption matters. In other counties, adoption petitions are heard by the court that handles probate matters.

Venue

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 31-19-2-2

An individual who seeks to adopt a child must, by attorney of record, file a petition for adoption with the court having probate jurisdiction in the county in which any of the following applies:

  • Where the petitioner for adoption resides
  • Where a licensed child-placing agency or governmental agency having custody of the child is located
  • Where the attorney maintains an office
  • Where the child resides