Adoption in AlabamaSweet Home Alabama is incredibly supportive for Expectant Mothers. Both Adoptive Parents and Expectant Moms should know that medical, legal, living (rent, food, utilities, clothing, medical travel), lost wages (court approval may be difficult) can be paid for up to 4-6 weeks postpartum. Individuals currently living in Alabama may adopt, and out-of-state residents can finalize adoptions in Alabama. Fun fact: this state, the site of many historical moments in civil rights history has it's own podcast dedicated to the movement.
Home Study Providers in Alabama
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Adoption Attorneys in Alabama
Adoption Agencies in AL
AAAA Attorneys in AL
Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
AttorneyDavid P. Broome155 Monroe Street, P.O. Box 1944
Mobile, AL 36633Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
AttorneyBryant "Drew" Whitmire Jr.PO box131147
Birmingham, AL 35213Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
AgencyA Baby Step Adoption340 Morgantown Road
Reading, PA 19611Services Offered A Baby Step Adoption Agency is led by an AAAA Director with over 30 years of legal and adoption experience. Our agency specializes in full service, newborn baby adoption throughout the United States.
AttorneyAdoptions First LLP1100 Glendon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
AgencyAdopt America111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
Miami, FL 33132Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.
Traveling For Your Adoption in Alabama
Length of ICPC
Alabama 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.
Adoption Law FAQ in Alabama
Advertising Law Info
Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
State Advertising Code of Law
Citation: Ala. Code § 26-10A-36
It shall be unlawful for any person, organization, corporation, partnership, hospital, association, or agency to advertise verbally, through print, electronic media, or otherwise that they will adopt children or assist in the adoption of children or offer anything of value to the parents of a child in violation of § 26-10A-34.
Adoption Law Info
Who Can Adopt?
Individuals currently living in Alabama who are 18 years or older. All household members 18 years or older must undergo ABI/FBI fingerprinting criminal background checks and any child 14 and up undergo child abuse and neglect background checks
Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
Yes, you can hire an adoption facilitator to provide legal advice and assistance.
What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
Medical, legal, living (rent, food, utilities, clothing, medical travel), lost wages (but court approval difficult). Up to 4-6 weeks postpartum.
When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
Within 5 days of child's birth, if signed prior to birth, or 5 days after signing, if signed after birth. Can be revoked for an additional 9 days, with reason shown in a filed petition. The court will decide in the best interest of the child whether to return the child or not. Return is not automatic.
Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
Citation: Admin. Code R. 660-5-22-.03(6)
General requirements for applicants include:
• Both husband and wife must be at least age 18.
• Applications may be accepted from single persons.
• Applicants and members of their household age 18 and older are required to be fingerprinted and have criminal records checks.
• The family should have sufficient income and savings to meet its needs and provide for the child or children without difficulty.
• Medical reports indicating that all family members are in good health are required.
• The department must have assurance that the adoptive parents are willing to provide medical treatment to children as recommended by a licensed physician.
• Applications may be accepted from persons of any religious faith.
• Applications may be accepted from persons who currently live in Alabama and who expect to remain in Alabama long enough to complete the application process.
• Either the prospective father or mother must be a U.S. citizen.
• Race or national origin will not be used as a single or exclusive criterion.
Home Study Info
Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Code § 26-10A-19; Admin. Code R. 660-5-22-.03(7)
The investigation shall include a criminal background investigation and any other circumstances that might be relevant to the placement of an adopted child with the petitioners. The investigation of the adoptive parents must include:
• The suitability of each petitioner, and his, her, or their home for the child
• Any orders, judgments, or decrees affecting the child or any children of the petitioner
• Criminal background investigations
• The costs and expenses connected with the adoption
• Any other circumstances that may be relevant to the placement of the child with the petitioners
In regulation: The home study will consist of the following elements:
• At least one home visit as well as individual interviews with the applicant(s)
• Information on the adoptive couple or person, including reasons for adopting and family background
• Interviews with at least two references after it is reasonably certain that the applicant(s) will be recommended for approval
• A diagnostic evaluation including a recommendation of the type of child as well as future plans for the applicant(s)
• Completion of adoption training as outlined in regulation
Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
Citation: Admin. Code r. 660-5-22-.03
No home can be approved in which any adult who lives in the household has been convicted at any time of:
• A sex-related crime
• Serious intentional, reckless, or negligent physical injury, danger, or death of any person
• A crime against a child
• A crime involving major intrusion upon property or use of a weapon to secure property
• The manufacture, sale, distribution, use, or possession of controlled substances or alcohol
Exceptions can be made for some convictions that have occurred in the past when there is credible documentation of rehabilitation. No exception will be granted when there is a criminal conviction involving a sex-related crime against a child or serious intentional reckless or negligent physical injury or death of a child.
When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
Citation: Admin. Code R. 660-5-22-.04
A child may not be placed in a prospective adoptive home prior to completion of a preplacement investigation of the petitioners and their home. The preplacement investigation must have been completed within 24 months of the placement of the child.
Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
Citation: Ann. Code § 26-10A-19
In every adoption proceeding, after a child has been placed in the home, a postplacement investigation must be conducted as soon as possible after notice of the placement but within 45 days after the placement.
In the investigation, an investigator must observe the adopted child and interview the petitioner in their home to verify all allegations of the petition. The report shall include sufficient facts for the court to determine whether there has been compliance with consent or relinquishment provisions and all of the information enumerated above that was not obtained in the preplacement investigation.