Tuesday, May 23, 2017

E-Filing adoptions and how to pay the special fees.


There has been some confusion about how the various fees are paid when an adoption case is filed.

When you e-file a petition for adoption, the e-filing system will automatically assess the case filing fee. (Usually $156)

In addition, you will need to deliver to the clerk's office two checks made out to the Indiana State Department of Health:

  • A $20 check for the adoption history fee. (Sometimes called a medical history fee.)
  • A $50 check for the putative father registry fee.
The clerk's office in the county where you are filing will attach the checks to the portion of the paperwork that goes to the Health Department and submit the packet for processing.

The confusion is due to the fact that prior to e-filing, some clerks collected these fees along with the filing fees and then disbursed the money to the State agencies themselves. For consistency, it was decided to have the filer supply these fees with separate checks in all counties where e-filing has been implemented.

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