Kansas Adoption Protection Act (SB 401)
This law was last updated on Apr 13, 2018
SB 401 would allow 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 would prohibit 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 would prohibit 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 would require child placement agencies to describe their sincerely held religious beliefs in the agency’s organizing documents or written policies.
If passed, child placement agencies would be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals looking to adopt.
Sponsored by the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee.
Companion bill to HB 2687.
Identical to the “Adoption Protection Act” provision in HB 2481.