1. Adoption Matching Registry
The Indiana State Department of Health has established a free adoption matching registry for Indiana adoptions only. This registry is considered a mutual consent registry, meaning, if both parties agree to exchange information, the exchange will be made.
- To register you must send 2 completed forms and a copy of your photo ID to the registry agreeing to release information.
- Needed forms : Identifying Information Consent #47896 and Non-Identifying Consent #47897
- If both parties have filled out the forms, a "match" will be made. Once matched, both parties will receive the follow information: Name, phone number, address, and a copy of the original birth certificate
- If the other party is not registered, you will receive a paragraph of non-identifying information.
- After receiving feedback from the registry, you may request a search from your agency (see step 2).
Most agencies charge a fee for their searches. If an agency does not provide search services, you may petition the court to have a Confidential Intermediary appointed to complete your search.
Our facts page lists those who can register with the Adoption Matching Registry and, if needed, request a search.
2. St. Elizabeth|Coleman Services
You must have registered (step 1) and received a response before you can request a search.
St. Elizabeth|Coleman's search services are available for those whose adoptions were completed by
- St. Elizabeth's Pregnancy and Adoption Service
- Coleman Adoption Services (AKA Suemma Coleman)
- Catholic Charities
- Children's Bureau or
- Lutheran Family & Child Services
After a search has been requested, the social worker will attempt to locate the other party to inform them of your interest and educate them about their options. Once located, they will have three basic options.
- Option 1 is to register with the Indiana Adoption Matching Registry, allowing the release of confidential information.
- Option 2 would be to choose to correspond with the other party through the agency while keeping their identifying information confidential.
- Option 3 would be to refuse any contact or correspondence. If this occurs they will be asked to provide a verbal update of their medical history or personal situation.
More on fees and how to request a search below.
3. Requesting a Search
To begin a search you must send a request to the agency. This search request should be signed by you and your signature needs to be notarized. If you aren't sure you're ready for this step, you may visit our Start a Search page to fill out the email form requesting more information and detailed instructions from our Search Specialist, Katrina.
What to include in the envelope:
- Request form
- A non-identifying letter: This letter is to introduce you to the person you are searching for, to explain why you are searching for them and to explain what you are hoping to accomplish. First name only, and do not include information on residence, employer, etc. Your letter will be read. If you inadvertently add something identifying it will be blocked out, and a copy of the corrected letter will be used.
- At least one recent photo:that has not been used on social media
- A copy of your photo I.D.
- Check or money order: made out to St. Elizabeth | Coleman for the $350.00 fee.
Place all the above items into the same envelope and mail to St. Elizabeth | Coleman, Attention: Katrina, 2500 Churchman Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46203.