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Kentucky Adoption Laws

Code Section; Uniform Act
199.470; No

Who May be Adopted
Any person

Age that Child’s Consent Needed
12 years and older

Who may Adopt
Any person over 18 who is a resident of or who has resided in Kentucky for 12 months immediately preceding filing. Husband and wife must petition jointly (except in certain circumstances).

Adoptive Home Residency Prior to Decree
In some adoptions, 90 days prior to filing adoption petition; temporary custody pending decision in some cases.

State Agency/COurt
Cabinet for Families and Children/Circuit

Statute of Limitation to Challenge
1 yr.; unless ethnological ancestry difference: then 5 years


Inside Kentucky Adoption Laws