Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption - Alaska

Date: January 2020

Who May Adopt

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 25.23.020

The following persons may adopt:

  • A husband and wife together
  • An unmarried adult
  • The unmarried mother or father of the person to be adopted
  • A married person without his or her spouse joining as a petitioner, if the person to be adopted is not the spouse and if:
    • The spouse is a parent of the person to be adopted and consents to the adoption.
    • The petitioner and his or her spouse are legally separated.
    • The spouse fails to join in the petition or to agree to the adoption due to prolonged unexplained absence, unavailability, incapacity, or circumstances constituting an unreasonable withholding of consent.

Who May Be Adopted

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 25.23.010

Any person may be adopted.

Who May Place a Child for Adoption

Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 25.23.040; 25.23.240

A child may be placed for adoption by any of the following:

  • The mother or father
  • Any person lawfully entitled to custody of the minor or empowered to consent, including a licensed agency