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Wesco, Doden call for adoption fund

By: - June 30, 2022 1:00 pm

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Rep. Tim Wesco, R-Osceola and Eric Doden, a GOP candidate for governor, call for the General Assembly to establish a $100 million adoption fund to cover fees for families while in upcoming special session.

“Indiana should lead the nation in protecting life and providing for mothers and families who choose adoption,” Wesco said. “Life is precious in Indiana, and mothers and families who choose adoption should receive maximum support.”

Lawmakers will meet in late July to debate inflation relief and curtail abortion access following a June U.S. Supreme Court decision eliminating federal protections for the healthcare procedure.

The release from Wesco and Doden said Indiana had approximately 13,000 children in foster care today and 18,164 adoptions over the last ten years, peaking at 2,406 in 2019.

In addition to the yearlong wait for some adoption processes, the national average cost of a foster adoption costs $2,744 while independent adoptions can range from $15,000 to $40,000.

While the up-front financial cost of adopting a child from the foster care system is often manageable for a motivated prospective adoptive family, the release said families still endure far too much hardship – financially and emotionally.

“I’m running for Governor to protect Indiana’s most vulnerable,” Doden said. “A no-cost adoption policy will strengthen families and communities and, most importantly, give every Indiana child access to a safe and loving home whether adopted at birth or through foster care. I am hopeful the legislature will pass this important policy during the special session.”

Doden has been pushing for a zero-cost adoption policy for the state of Indiana since early in his campaign and across the state on his 92 county Indiana Main Street Tour.

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Whitney Downard
Whitney Downard

A native of upstate New York, Whitney previously covered statehouse politics for CNHI’s nine Indiana papers, focusing on long-term healthcare facilities and local government. Prior to her foray into Indiana politics, she worked as a general assignment reporter for The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi. Whitney is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (#GoBonnies!), a community theater enthusiast and cat mom.

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