Kansas Adoption Protection Act (SB 284)
This law was last updated on Jul 6, 2018
SB 284 makes sweeping changes to the Kansas Adoption and Relinquishment Act.
Adoption Protection Act
SB 284 allows child placement agencies to refuse to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer or otherwise participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement of such child would violate such agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
The bill prohibits the state from denying or revoking a license, permit or other authorization, solely due to an objection to providing any services that violate the agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
The bill prohibits the state from denying any grant or contract to a child placement agency solely due to an objection to providing any services that violate the agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
Any such refusal by a child placing agency would be prohibited from forming the basis for the imposition of a civil fine or other adverse administrative action or any claim or cause of action.
The bill requires child placement agencies to describe their sincerely held religious beliefs in the agency’s organizing documents or written policies.
Child-placement agencies may now be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals looking to adopt.
Sponsored by the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.
Replaced HB 2481.
SB 284 was originally introduced as a bill seeking to update the Kansas Money Transmitter Act. On May 3, 2018, while in committee, the language of the bill was stripped and replaced with the Adoption Protection Act language of HB 2481.
The new bill passed the house on May 3, 2018, by a 63-58 vote.
The new bill passed the senate on May 3, 2018, by a 24-15 vote.
Signed into law by Gov. Jeff Colyer (R) on May 18, 2018.