Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) and State Senator John Broden (D-South Bend) issued the following statement in response to an announcement from the governor stating that subsidies would be granted to families who adopt Hoosier children.
“I applaud the governor for recognizing the importance of encouraging and incentivizing adoption in our state,” said Sen. Lanane.
“Senate Democrats have long pushed for Indiana to join every other state in making this incentive available to parents. As I’ve stated in the past concerning the administration’s policies –better late than never.”
“This is excellent news for adoptive families and those thinking about adopting children in the state’s care,” commented Sen. Broden. “Since 2012 I’ve authored legislation to make these funds available to parents, so I’m happy to see the governor finally agrees.”
In 2012, Sen. Broden introduced Senate Bill 348 urging state government to provide subsidies to parents who adopt children with special needs. He followed that up with Senate Bill 306 in 2013, maintaining the same concerns. Neither bill made it beyond a first reading. Since then, nearly 1,400 Hoosier families have been placed on a “waiting list” to receive much needed funds to raise their special needs children adopted from the state’s foster care system.