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Adoption in Hawaii

Hawaii - the beautiful Aloha State, and home of pretty straight-forward adoption laws. In Hawaii, any adult, married or single, may adopt. Adoptive Parents may cover medical, legal, counseling, living, lost wages for the Birth Mom. There isn't a set limit, but plan on two months as a reasonable amount of time. Consent is irrevocable after legal signing, and is only revoked if found in the best interest of the child. Out of state residents may finalize adoptions here. Geographical fact about Hawaii - it's an archipeligo comprised of eight major islands and 137 smaller islands.

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Length of ICPC
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1-30 days

Email: info@catholiccharitieshawaii.org

Hawaii participates in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) – a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.

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  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 346-19.7
    The department shall develop standards to ensure the reputable and responsible character of prospective adoptive parents as defined in this chapter.
    The department shall develop procedures for obtaining verifiable information regarding the criminal history and child abuse and neglect registry information of persons who are seeking to become adoptive parents. The department or its designee shall obtain criminal history record information through the Hawaii criminal justice data center, and child abuse record information from the department in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 346-19.7
    The department may deny a person’s application to adopt a child if either of the prospective adoptive parents or any adult residing in the prospective adoptive home was convicted of an offense for which incarceration is a sentencing option, and if the department finds by reason of the nature and circumstances of the crime that either of the prospective adoptive parents, or any adult residing in the prospective adoptive home, poses a risk to the health, safety, or well-being of the child.
    The department may deny a person’s application to adopt a child if either of the prospective adoptive parents or any adult residing in the prospective adoptive home has a history of confirmed child abuse or neglect, or both, revealed by the child abuse and neglect registry check, and if the department finds by reason of the nature and circumstances of the abuse or neglect, or both, that either of the prospective adoptive parents or any adult residing in the prospective adoptive home poses a risk to the health, safety, or well-being of the child.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 578-8
    The court may enter a decree of adoption if it is satisfied that the petitioners are fit and proper persons and financially able to give the individual a proper home and education and that the adoption will be for the best interests of the child.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Stat. § 578-9
    During the period, if any, between the entry of the adoption decree and the effective date of adoption, the decree may provide for the supervision and visitation of the minor child by the director of human services or the director’s agent during that period and for any reports in connection with that supervision as the court may require.

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