Adoption Agencies in Alabama
If you are a pregnant woman or birth mother please click here to see information that is geared to your needs.
If you are an adopting family we believe you will find the information below helpful. We begin by giving you information regarding child adoption law in Alabama (what you can and can't do) and then provide you with information on children available for adoption in Alabama. We then relate how we can assist you during the adoption process and finally we provide a list of licensed Alabama adoption agencies which you browse through for additional information.
Alabama Child Adoption Laws
Before starting to search for a child to adopt or an agency to assist you, it is important that you understand how the adoption laws in Alabama may affect your decisions. Making informed decisions is the best way of increasing your chances of adopting a child. By way of example, we have listed below a few of the important parts of Alabama child adoption law including such topics as advertising, adoption expenses, and the critical issue of ending the biological parental rights (called a Consent, Relinquishment or Surrender).
Use of Advertisement
Citation: Ala. Code § 26-10A-36
It shall be unlawful for any person, organization, hospital, or agency to advertise verbally, through print, electronic media, or otherwise that they will adopt children or assist in the adoption of children.
Use of Intermediaries and Facilitators
Citation: Ala. Code § 26-10A-34
It shall be unlawful for any person or agency to offer to receive payment for placing, assisting, or arranging a minor placement.
Birth Parent Expenses Allowed
Citation: § 26-10A-34(a)
It is permitted to pay maternity-connected medical or hospital and necessary living expenses of the mother preceding and during pregnancy-related incapacity, as an act of charity.
Allowable Payments for Arranging Adoption
Citation: §§ 26-10A-23(a); 26-10A-34(b)
No person or other entity may accept a fee for bringing the adopting parent together with the adoptee or natural parents, or for placing, assisting, or arranging a minor placement.
Allowable Payments for Relinquishing Child
Citation: §§ 26-10A-23(d); 26-10A-34
The adoptive parents and the parents surrendering the child must attest that no money or other things of value have been paid or received for giving up the child for adoption.
Accounting of Expenses Required by Court
Citation: § 26-10A-23(b)-(c)
The petitioners must file a sworn statement that is a full accounting of all charges, fees, and expenses to be paid. The court must approve all payments made.
Who Must Consent to an Adoption
Citation: Ala. Code §§ 26-10A-7; 26-10A-8
Consent shall be required of the following: The mother, the presumed father, the agency to which the child has been relinquished or holds permanent custody and has placed the adoptee for adoption, and a putative father, if made known by the mother or is otherwise made known to the court, provided he complies with § 26-10C-1 and responds to notice within 30 days. Prior to a minor parent giving consent, a guardian ad litem must be appointed to represent the interests of a minor parent whose consent is required.
Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required
Citation: Ala. Code § 26-10A-7
A child age 14 or older must consent to the adoption, except where the court finds that the child does not have the mental capacity to consent.
When Consent Can Be Executed
Citation: Ala. Code § 26-10A-13
A consent or relinquishment may be taken at any time, except that once signed or confirmed, may be withdrawn within 5 days after birth or within 5 days after signing of the consent or relinquishment, whichever comes last.
Revocation of Consent
Citation: Ala. Code §§ 26-10A-9; 26-10A-13; 26-10-14
Implied consent due to abandonment may not be withdrawn by any person. The consent or relinquishment, once signed or confirmed, may not be withdrawn except:
If the court finds that the withdrawal is reasonable under the circumstances and consistent with the best interest of the child within 14 days after the birth of the child or within 14 days after signing of the consent or relinquishment, whichever comes last.
At any time until the final decree upon a showing that the consent or relinquishment was obtained by fraud, duress, mistake, or undue influence on the part of a petitioner or his agent or the agency to whom or for whose benefit it was given.
After 1 year from the date of final decree of adoption is entered, a consent or relinquishment may not be challenged on any ground, except in cases where the adopted person has been kidnapped.
Please visit adoption law in Alabama for more details.
Are Children Available for Adoption in Alabama
Yes, through both public and private adoption agencies. For example, in 2004, Alabama had 1,650 children in the welfare system waiting to be adopted of whom 79 were under the age of 1 year, and 449 were between ages 1-5 years old. The actual number of children adopted through Alabama public child welfare agencies was only 398, which represents only a small portion of the total number of all Alabama adoptions (exact numbers are not available at this time).
Remember that while you may be a resident of Alabama, you are not limited to adopting a child from Alabama. You can adopt a child born in Alabama, a child born in any other U.S. state, or even a foreign born child. What is important for you to understand is that infants and children are available for adoption in Alabama, in each of the other the 49 states, and in many foreign countries.
Can We Assist You with a Child Adoption in Alabama
Yes, we can help you and so can any licensed child adoption agency (we have listed several below). By way of introduction to Adoption Services, Inc, I will relate to you a little about myself and our child adoption agency.
Almost 40 years ago I (Dr. Vince Berger) began working as a psychologist with pregnant teens in the Pittsburgh city school system. It was very challenging because in those days there were very few services for these young women, society was not yet accepting of unmarried and/or pregnant teens, and the word "adoption" was hardly ever used.
I loved the work I was doing and knowing that I was personally able to help so many of the pregnant women I was working with. But something was missing - I did not feel I was helping people enough. So, I set out to provide the personal and professional care that a birth mother and adopting family need and deserve in the adoption process.
I started a full service, non-profit adoption agency. Not just any agency, but one that was, and still is, dedicated to helping birth parents and adopting families receive the best and most comprehensive of adoption related services. Over the past 20 years, my staff and I have helped over 9,000 adopting families, birth parents, their babies and children.
I love helping people. I work 6 days a week and answer calls at all hours. The hours I put in are long but never hard, since I find so much joy and strength in helping others.
I hope that you will call me or my staff so we can help you in the adoption process. However, if you don't want to call us, then please review the agencies listed here and give one of them a call. Do not give up until you get the help and attention you need and deserve.
Thank you for letting us help, and good luck.
and the staff of Adoption Services
A Angel Adoptions
PO Box 702
Helena, AL 35080
Phone: (205) 621-0316
Fax: (205) 621-0379
Toll-Free: (800) 523-5720
AGAPE of Central Alabama, Inc.
PO Box 230472
2813 Mastin Lake Road, Suite 200
Montgomery, AL 36123
Phone: (334) 272-9466
Fax: (334) 272-0378
Toll-Free: (800) 239-1020
AGAPE of North Alabama, Inc.
PO Box 3887
Huntsville, AL 35810
Phone: (256) 859-4481
Fax: (256) 859-4483
Alabama Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 361767
Birmingham, AL 35236-1767
Phone: (205) 982-1112
Fax: (205) 982-9992
Toll-Free: (888) 720-8805
Catholic Family Services
1010 Church Street
Huntsville, AL 35804
Phone: (256) 536-0073
Fax: (256) 534-3141
Catholic Family Services
733 37th Street, East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Phone: (205) 553-9046
Catholic Family Services
PO Box 3633
1111 East College Street
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 768-1550
Fax: (256) 768-1551
Catholic Family Services
2164 11th Avenue, South
Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone: (205) 324-6561
Catholic Social Services of Montgomery
4455 Narrow Lane Road
Montgomery, AL 36116-2953
Phone: (334) 288-8890
Fax: (334) 288-9322
Children's Aid Society
181 West Valley Avenue
Homewood, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 943-5343
Fax: (205) 252-3828
Family Adoption Services, Inc.
2010 Lancaster Road
Homewood, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 414-6003
Southern Social Works, Inc.
PO Box 8084
Anniston, AL 36202
Phone: (256) 237-4990
Fax: (256) 240-9808
Specialized Alternatives for Families Youth of America (SAFY)
4770-C Woodmere Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36106-3084
Phone: (334) 270-3181
United Methodist Children's Home (UMCH)
PO Box 8084
1712 Broad Street
Selma, AL 36702
Phone: (334) 875-7283
Fax: (334) 875-5161
Domestic Child Adoption Agencies in Other States
If you are looking for a child adoption agency simply click the link below for the state to see a list of the adoption agencies in that state.
Why You Need an Adoption Consultant
There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), loosing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney. He can help you save your time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.