​Adoptions

  • WHAT IS ADOPTION?

  • WHAT IS THE STANDARD FILING FEE?

  • WHO MAY ADOPT?

  • WHO CAN BE ADOPTED?

  • WHAT STEPS ARE USUALLY INVOLVED IN AN ADOPTION?

  • WHAT IS A PRE-PLACEMENT INVESTIGATION?

  • IS IT ALWAYS NECESSARY TO HAVE A PRE-PLACEMENT INVESTIGATION?

  • WHOSE CONSENT TO THE ADOPTION IS REQUIRED?

  • CAN A MINOR CONSENT TO THE ADOPTION OF HIS OR HER CHILD?

  • CAN A PERSON REVOKE A CONSENT TO ADOPTION EXECUTED BY HIM OR HER DUE TO THE FACT THAT AT THE TIME THE CONSENT WAS GIVEN THAT PERSON WAS A MINOR?

  • WHEN, WHERE AND IN WHAT FORM MUST A CONSENT OR RELINQUISHMENT FOR ADOPTION BE GIVEN?

  • WHEN MAY A CONSENT OR RELINQUISHMENT BE WITHDRAWN?

  • WHERE IS A PETITION FOR ADOPTION FILED?

  • WHEN IS A PETITION FOR ADOPTION FILED?

  • CAN I PAY THE PARENT OF A MINOR OR UNBORN CHILD FOR THE CHILD?

  • WHAT EXPENSES CAN I PAY?

  • HOW CONFIDENTIAL IS AN ADOPTION?

  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ADOPTION BY A STEPPARENT OR A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER AND OTHER ADOPTIONS?

  • CAN GRANDPARENTS OBTAIN VISITATION RIGHTS TO SEE THE ADOPTEE AFTER THE ADOPTION?

THIS INFORMATION, WHICH IS BASED ON ALABAMA LAW, IS ONLY TO INFORM AND NOT TO ADVISE. NO PERSON SHOULD EVER APPLY OR INTERPRET ANY LAW WITHOUT THE AID OF A LAWYER WHO ANALYZES THE FACTS, BECAUSE THE FACTS MAY CHANGE THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW.

1994 Prepared by the Alabama Law Institute for the Alabama Probate Judges' Association