Who may adopt a child in the State of Alabama? Any adult person (19 years of age or older) or husband and wife jointly who are adults may petition the court to adopt a minor. You will need an adoption attorney in the State of Alabama to perform legal steps for adoptions. For further information, read below or better yet contact us today! Let our experienced adoption lawyer help you with this important decision.
How long does it take? Typically a relative adoption takes on average about 75 days to complete. For non-relative adoptions, a home study is required which can add an additional 60-90 days to this timeframe.
Who may be adopted in the State of Alabama? Persons who may be adopted in Alabama are:
Persons whose consents or relinquishment are required.
(a) Consent to the petitioner's adoption or relinquishment for adoption to the Alabama Department of Human Resources or a licensed child placing agency shall be required of the following:
(b) A petition to adopt an adult may be granted only if written consent to adopt has been executed by the adult seeking to adopt and his or her spouse or by the guardian or conservator of the adult sought to be adopted.
Stepparent adoptions. Any person may adopt his or her spouse's child except that:
Adoption by other relatives. Relatives may adopt a minor grandchild, a minor brother, a minor half-brother, a minor sister, a minor half-sister, a minor nephew, a minor niece, a minor great-grandchild, a minor great niece or a minor great nephew, except that:
Child adoption is an act of compassion and love for human kind.
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