Regulation of Private Domestic Adoption Expenses - South Dakota

Date: May 2022

Birth Parent Expenses Allowed

Citation: Ann. Laws § 25-6-4.2

Only charges that have been approved by the court are allowed.

Birth Parent Expenses Not Allowed

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Allowable Payments for Arranging Adoption

Citation: Ann. Laws § 25-6-4.2

It is unlawful for any person to offer, give, or receive any money or other consideration or thing of value in connection with the placing of any child for adoption, relating to the consent to adoption, or with the petition for adoption except such charges as are approved by the court and fees charged by licensed agencies.

Allowable Payments for Relinquishing Child

Citation: Ann. Laws § 25-6-4.1

It shall be unlawful to compel, coerce, or force by any means any person to release, sell, place, relinquish, or give up for adoption any minor child.

Allowable Fees Charged by Department/Agency

Citation: Ann. Laws § 25-6-4.2

Fees charged by licensed agencies are permitted.

Accounting of Expenses Required by Court

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.