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What are some regulations for adoptions in Alabama?

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Alabama adoption regulations require that individuals hoping to adopt be U.S. citizens over the age of 19 or, if married, that one spouse be a U.S. citizen and that the marriage be a minimum of three years in duration. Prospective adoptive parents must also pass comprehensive background checks, be healthy enough to care for a child and have housing adequate to meet the needs of the child or children to be adopted.

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A potential applicant must complete an online inquiry form through the Alabama Department of Human Resources prior to receiving and completing an application to adopt. Following submission of the application, regulations require that all prospective parents attend 10 three-hour group preparation and selection meetings. A home visit conducted by an adoption social worker is also required. Per adoption regulations, the adoption social worker evaluates the parents' participation in the selection meetings and home visits to determine whether or not adoption is an appropriate option for the family and the type of child that is a best fit for the family.

Following final approval and placement of a child for adoption, state regulations require that the child be in the adoptive home for a minimum of three months prior to filing for legal confirmation of the adoption.

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