(a) The following persons may adopt:

Terms Used In Alaska Statutes 25.23.020 - Who may adopt

  • adult: means an individual who has reached the age of majority;

    (2) "agency" means any person certified, licensed, or otherwise specially empowered by law or regulation to place minors for adoption;

    (3) "child" means a son or daughter, whether by birth or by adoption;

    (4) "commissioner" means the commissioner of health and social services;

    (5) "court" means the superior court of this state, and, when the context requires, the court of another state empowered to grant petitions for adoption or guardianship or to terminate parental rights;

    (6) "department" means the Department of Health and Social Services;

    (7) "hard-to-place child" means a minor who is not likely to be adopted or to obtain a guardian by reason of physical or mental disability, emotional disturbance, recognized high risk of physical or mental disease, age, membership in a sibling group, racial or ethnic factors, or any combination of these conditions;

    (8) "minor" means a person who has not reached the age of majority;

    (9) "sexual abuse of a minor" means a sexual offense defined in AS 11. See Alaska Statutes 25.23.240

  • person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, organization, business trust, or society, as well as a natural person. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060

(1) a husband and wife together;

(2) an unmarried adult;

(3) the unmarried father or mother of the person to be adopted;

(4) a married person without the other spouse joining as a petitioner, if the person to be adopted is not the other spouse, and if

(A) the other spouse is a parent of the person to be adopted and consents to the adoption;

(B) the petitioner and the other spouse are legally separated; or

(C) the failure of the other spouse to join in the petition or to agree to the adoption is excused by the court by reason of prolonged unexplained absence, unavailability, incapacity, or circumstances constituting an unreasonable withholding of consent.

(b) Nothing in this section affects legitimation under AS 25.20.050.