Regulation of Private Domestic Adoption Expenses - Alaska

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Birth Parent Expenses Allowed

Citation: Alaska Stat. § 25.23.090

Payments in connection with the following expenses are permitted:

  • Expenses incurred in connection with the birth of the child
  • Medical or hospital care received by the mother or minor during the mother's prenatal care and confinement
  • Services related to the adoption that were received by the petitioner, either natural parent, or any other person

Birth Parent Expenses Not Allowed

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Allowable Payments for Arranging Adoption

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Allowable Payments for Relinquishing Child

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Allowable Fees Charged by Department/Agency

Citation: Admin. Code Tit. 7 §§ 56.600; 80.100

Before placing the child into a home, the child-placing agency must have a written agreement with the adoptive parents. The agreement must specify the fees and schedule of payments.

The reasonable fee for a service will not exceed the actual cost to the Department of Health and Social Services for providing the service. The adoptive parents' ability to pay all or part of an established fee will be determined according to the formula set out in regulation. A full discount on a fee will be allowed to adoptive parents whose income is insufficient to allow payment of any amount toward the fee.

Accounting of Expenses Required by Court

Citation: Alaska Stat. § 25.23.090

The petitioner must file a full accounting report, in a manner acceptable to the court, of all disbursements of anything of value to be made in connection with the adoption. The report is to be verified and signed by the petitioner.