State Laws and Legislation

Hawaii Adoption Law

Permits single LGBT individuals to petition to adopt? Yes.
Hawaii law allows for any unmarried adult or a husband and wife jointly to petition to adopt. (HAW. REV. STAT. § 578-1)

Permits a same-sex couple to jointly petition to adopt? No explicit prohibition.
State law provides that a husband and wife may jointly petition to adopt, and does not explicitly provide for joint adoption by other couples. 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.

Updated: Wed, December 09, 2009 - 12:00:58