Hawaii adoption laws


WHO CAN ADOPT IN HAWAII?

A single adult, a married husband and wife jointly, or the spouse of a legal parent of the child may adopt.

Can LGBT families adopt? Yes, same-sex couples can petition for joint adoption.

HAWAII DOMESTIC ADOPTION LAWS

Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents? No.

Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption? Yes.

Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary? Not addressed in state statutes.

What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period? Medical, legal, counseling, living, lost wages. (No law; reasonable standards applied). Usually 2 mos. postpartum.

Is there a putative father registry? No.

When can consent to adoption be granted? In practice, after birth.

When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic? After signing, unless court finds it is in best interest of child to revoke consent.

Are post-adoption contact agreements legally enforceable? Not addressed in state statutes.

HAWAII INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION LAWS

Is a foreign adoption decree automatically recognized by the state? Yes, as long as court receives a sworn affidavit, proof that the foreign adoption decree is valid from the foreign country and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and a request from the adopting parents that a hearing take place.

Can parents readopt in this state? Is it mandatory? Not addressed in state statutes.

When will a U.S. birth certificate be issued? The Dept. of Health will issue a U.S. birth certificate after a Hawaiian court enters the final decree of adoption and upon receipt of a copy of the adoption decree, documentation from the Director of Social Services recommending the adoption, a report detailing the specifics of the adoption that is then approved by the Dept. of Health, as well as the probable place and date of birth of the child.

ADOPTION FROM FOSTER CARE IN HAWAII

Are adoption subsidies available? When do they start and how long do they last? Yes, adoption subsidies are available for a special needs child, who is defined as having one of the following that may be a barrier to placement: age, racial or ethnic background, member of a sibling group of two or more being placed together, has or is at high risk for developing a physical, mental, or emotional condition. In addition, the child must be in the custody of the State of Hawaii Dept. of Human Services. Subsidies begin at adoption placement.

Where can I learn more about the process of adopting a child from foster care in Hawaii? http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/ssd/home/child-welfare-services/foster-and-adoptive-care/

HAWAII ADOPTION UNIT
Hawaii Dept. of Human Services
810 Richards Street, Suite 400
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 586-5698
lkazama@dhs.hawaii.gov
http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/ssd/home/child-welfare-services/foster-and-adoptive-care