The court having jurisdiction.
A minor parent with the concurrence of the parent or guardian.
The spouse of a married parent.
Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required
A child 14 years or older must consent to the adoption.
When Parental Consent is not Needed
§§ 31-19-9-8 to 31-19-9-10
Abandoned or failed to contact or support the child for 1 year.
Not established paternity or whose child was conceived as a result of rape or incest.
Had parental rights terminated.
Been declared incompetent or mentally defective.
Is unfit and had rights terminated in child's best interest.
Been convicted of murder, causing the suicide, or manslaughter and the victim was the child's other parent.
Been convicted of murder, causing the suicide, manslaughter, rape, incest, neglect or battery and the victim was the child's sibling.
When Consent Can Be Executed
Consent may be executed any time after the child's birth.
How Consent Must Be Executed
Consent may be executed in the presence of the court, a notary public or county authorized agent, or an authorized agent of the Division or child placing agency.
Revocation of Consent
§§ 31-19-10-3; 31-19-10-4
Consent may not be withdrawn after the entry of the adoption decree and pursuant to § 31-19-10-3.
Consent to Adoption may be withdrawn no later than 30 days after consent is given, if the court finds that the person seeking the withdrawal is acting in the best interest of the child.
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