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Relative Adoptions – Birmingham, AL
Patrick K. Yeatts an Alabama adoption attorney who is dedicated to keeping families together through relative adoption. Contact his family law office in Birmingham, Alabama to discuss your case.
Relative Adoption – Keeping Families Together
While many family members may not have planned in advance to raise children born to another family member, numerous social and economic issues have lead to increasing number of relative adoptions each year. Frequently, relatives assume the responsibility of parenting their nieces, nephews, and/or grandchildren for several reasons:
- Death of a parent
- A parent’s financial issues
- Substance abuse of a parent
- Child abuse
- Child neglect
- Teenage pregnancy
- Physical and mental health problems
- A parent’s decision not to assume the responsibility of parenting
Under Alabama’s adoption code, relative adoptions are adoptions of a child by only the following individuals, a relative who is related by blood or marriage to the child as a grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, a sibling or a half-sibling.
In Alabama, a relative adoption is typically a simpler process than non-relative adoptions. Typically no investigation or home study is required. However, the child must have resided in the petitioner’s/relative’s for one year prior to filing the petition, unless otherwise waived by the court. The biological parents must also consent to the adoption or otherwise the relative seeking to adopt must demonstrate abandonment, unfitness or other reasons to permit the adoption.
There are many reasons why relatives wish to legally adopt children in their families. Adoption provides a permanent home to a child and permits the adopting relatives to provide health insurance for the child, enroll the child in school, make medical decisions, and provide financial benefits to the child. Although temporary guardianship can accomplish some of these goals, adoption provides security to the new family unit.
Contact an Experienced Alabama Relative Adoption Lawyer
If you are a relative considering adoption of a child to be born or already born in your family, please contact Patrick K. Yeatts, an experienced Alabama relative adoption lawyer.