Adoption of foster children is a wonderful opportunity for many families, and an ideal way for needy children to find caring, healthy homes. According to Children’s Rights, there are approximately 438,000 children in the United States foster care system on any given day. On average, those children spend two years waiting for adoption after their parents give them up.
Foster adoptions happen because many children in the Alabama foster care system are never returned to their families. When a loving family adopts through foster care, not only does their family grow, but a child in receives a home. Providing a healthy home is essential, because as Psychiatric Times points out, children placed in the foster care system are much more likely to have had a history of maltreatment or mental health disorders. Adopting a child through foster care is a great way to grow your family and provide a permanent home to a child in need. Children adopted through foster care are generally a little older than ages of other adopted children, with a common range from toddler years to 21 years old.
While foster care adoption is a beautiful thing, prospective adoptive parents need to be aware that they are permanently taking on the responsibility of caring for a child who has likely undergone serious trauma through abuse, neglect, abandonment, or the loss of a parent.
There are two paths of foster care adoption: some families foster before adopting and some families adopt directly out of the foster care system.
Unfortunately, despite the good intentions of foster child adoption, there are many potential roadblocks.
When you’re considering or pursuing an adoption of any kind, it’s essential to have a well-experienced family lawyer on your side to help you qualify for adoption and to help you successfully navigate any and all potential roadblocks. By properly preparing ahead with a legal team like the Zwiebel Law Firm, you’ll also be able to avoid certain challenges and complications that come with the sometimes very confusing adoption system.
In Alabama, to even begin the adoption process for foster children, you must meet the following basic criteria:
- Be able to provide adequate housing and a good environment for your adopted child, according to stipulations required by the government, and evaluated during a home study.
- Consent to a complete background check, including any criminal history.
- Be in good physical and psychological health
- Be over the age of 19
Whether you want to adopt directly or would like to get your license to foster first, Alabama requires parents to undergo stringent background checks, home studies, and other procedures. The Zwiebel Law Firm consists of adoption lawyers in Birmingham, Alabama who can help you navigate this complex and sometimes confusing process. If you’re considering a foster child adoption – or any type of adoption – in Alabama, we would love to help! To set up a case evaluation, give us a call at (205) 623-1001 or contact us online.
The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
826 Columbiana Road
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 623-1001