State Laws and Legislation

Kansas Adoption Law

Permits single LGBT individuals to petition to adopt? Yes.
Kansas law permits any adult or husband and wife jointly to petition to adopt. KAN. STAT. ANN. § 59-2113.

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 adopted child? No explicit prohibition.
There is no explicit prohibition, but no state court 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: Wed, December 09, 2009 - 12:00:34