Do the birth parents have to consent to the adoption, and does the child?

As with many legal questions, there is no single answer. Under Alaskan law, birth parents generally have the right to be notified and withhold consent, but there are circumstances that can make their consent unnecessary. For example, in some cases, the birth parents’ rights have already been terminated by the court and the child has been placed in a foster home.

If a child is age 10 or older, the child’s consent is also required. The judge will want to know that the child understands and is ok with the adoption decision.

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