State Laws and Legislation

Alaska Adoption Law

Permits single LGBT individuals to petition to adopt? Yes.
Alaska law permits any unmarried adult or husband and wife to petition to adopt. (ALASKA STAT. § 25.23.020)

Permits a same-sex couple to jointly petition to adopt? No explicit prohibition.
State law provides that a husband and wife may petition to adopt, and does not explicitly provide for joint adoption by other couples.  Married persons must petition jointly unless excused by court.  No state court has heard the issue of whether same-sex couples can or can not jointly petition to adopt.

Permits a same-sex partner to petition to adopt partner’s child or child of the relationship? No explicit prohibition.
There is no explicit prohibition, and some lower courts have allowed second-parent adoptions to proceed.  No state court, however, has heard the issue of whether a same-sex partner can or can not petition to adopt a partner’s child or child of the relationship.

Updated: Mon, December 07, 2009 - 12:00:52