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M.H. and A.H., foster parents of S.L., filed a petition to adopt S.L. and provided notice only to S.L.’s paternal grandparents and not to the father. Hamilton Superior Court granted temporary custody of S.L. to the foster parents, and more than one year later the father filed a motion to set aside that order. The trial court denied the motion to set aside, but the Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the lack of notice of the adoption proceedings to the father voided all orders from the adoption court due to lack of personal jurisdiction over father. P.L. v. M.H. and A.H., No. 22A-AD-80 (Ind. Ct. App. Aug. 30, 2022), trans. pending. The foster parents have petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.