Adoption (State Court)

This page contains information on adoptions in state court (for information on tribal adoptions click here).  

The Alaska Supreme Court recently ruled on a case called Tununak v. State of Alaska, deciding that in order for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to apply to adoption cases, there must be some evidence that a person preferred for placement of the child under ICWA has expressed a formal intent to adopt the child.  It appears that the formal intent must come in the form of a Petition to Adopt filed in state court.  Unfortunately, there were no court forms available online to accomplish this.  Instead, Alaska Legal Services drafted a sample Petition to Adopt with comments and instructions for your use.  However, if you have specific questions on the form or its use in your situation, please contact Alaska Legal Services or a private attorney for legal advice.  

-  Instructions for filling out Adoption Petition
-  Adoption Petition Sample
-  Adoption Petition Template (fill in the blank)
-  Adoption Petition Template (fillable PDF)