(a) If a dependency proceeding is commenced in a county other than the county of the residence of the child, the juvenile court in which the proceedings were commenced, on its own motion or a motion of a party and after consultation with the receiving juvenile court, may transfer the proceeding before or after adjudication to the county of the residence of the child for the purpose of adjudication, disposition, supervision, or review as mandated by federal and state law for children in foster care or in the custody of the state, or any combination thereof.
Terms Used In Alabama Code 12-15-303
- child: An individual under the age of 18 years, or under 21 years of age and before the juvenile court for a delinquency matter arising before that individual's 18th birthday. See Alabama Code 45-36-248
- JUVENILE COURT: The juvenile or family court division of the circuit or district court having jurisdiction over matters as provided by this chapter. See Alabama Code 45-36-248
- LEGAL CUSTODIAN: A parent, person, agency, or department to whom legal custody of a child under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court pursuant to this chapter has been awarded by order of the juvenile court or other court of competent jurisdiction. See Alabama Code 45-36-248
- state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
- year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
(b) For purposes of this section, county of the residence of the child means the county in which the child and legal custodian have established legal residence or have resided for six or more months of a calendar year. This term shall not include placements by a state department or agency.
(c) Certified copies of all legal and social records pertaining to the case shall accompany the transfer.