How to Adopt in Alabama

How to Adopt in Alabama

Choosing to adopt a child is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Of course, this decision needs to be based on accurate and factual information. Below is some of the practical information you’ll need when seeking to adopt a child in Alabama.

Child Adoption Laws in Alabama

At a basic level, any adult is eligible to adopt in the State of Alabama. Single adults are permitted to adopt, and spouses can file jointly. A prospective adoptive parent cannot be denied based solely on their age. Same-sex adoptions are not legally restricted in Alabama.

Prospective adoptive parents must be approved by an Alabama adoption home study, which includes a review of financial records, home visits, criminal background checks, and other information. You will also have to meet the requirements of the adoption professional you choose to work with, and there may be more requirements depending on the type of adoption.

Credentials to Adopt a Child

Here are the basic adoption requirements for all Alabama residents:

  • You must be over the age of 19.
  • If married, the marriage must have lasted for at least three years.
  • If married, one of you must be an American citizen.
  • You must have adequate housing and space for the child adopted.
  • You must in reasonably good health and able to meet a child’s needs.
  • You must undergo a background check, including criminal history.

How Can Huntsville Adoption Attorneys at New Beginnings Family Law Help Me?

Every adoption case is different. Certain types of adoptions in Alabama have unique requirements. At New Beginnings, our knowledgeable Alabama adoption attorneys can work to ensure you are aware of all requirements and support you as you decide what is best for your family.

Alabama adoptive families have chosen our family law firm because our attorneys are experienced and skilled at:

  • Representing step-parents who want to adopt their stepchildren and relatives who desire to adopt a grandchild, nephew, niece, sister, or brother.
  • Working with the adoption agency, state, or the birth mother, to make sure consent for the adoption has been secured and to establish accurate paternity
  • Compiling all documentation required by the adoption agency or the state, such as a petition for adoption, birth certificate, consent of the birth mother, and affidavits.
  • Standing up for a client’s rights in a contested adoption in which the child’s birth parent is fighting you on adoption.

If you are unsure which adoption route you want to take or need an explanation of your options and legal rights, our compassionate Huntsville adoption attorneys are available to answer your questions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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