§ 12-15-301 Definitions
§ 12-15-302 Venue generally
§ 12-15-303 Transfer of dependency proceedings between juvenile courts within the state
§ 12-15-304 Appointment by juvenile courts of guardians ad litem
§ 12-15-305 Right to counsel for petitioners or respondent parents, legal guardians, or legal custodians in dependency proceedings
§ 12-15-306 Removing a child from the custody of a parent, legal guardian, or legal custodian
§ 12-15-307 Notice and right to be heard to be given to relatives, preadoptive parents, or foster parents
§ 12-15-308 Filing of petition and conduct of 72-hour hearing as to necessity for continuation of shelter care of a child
§ 12-15-309 Alleged dependent child to be released when continued shelter care not required; conditions imposed upon release; amendment of conditions or return of child to custody upon failure to conform to conditions imposed
§ 12-15-310 Conduct of adjudicatory hearings
§ 12-15-311 Dispositional hearing
§ 12-15-312 Reasonable efforts in judicial determinations; situations in which reasonable efforts are not required to be made
§ 12-15-313 Ordering and preparation of report concerning a child and family; ordering, conduct, and certification of findings of physical or mental examination of child prior to hearing on petition generally; examination of parent, legal guardian, or legal custodi
§ 12-15-314 Dispositions for dependent children
§ 12-15-315 Permanency hearing for Department of Human Resources cases only
§ 12-15-316 Modification, extension, or termination of orders of custody or protective supervision generally
§ 12-15-317 Who may file petition
§ 12-15-318 Service of process
§ 12-15-319 Grounds for termination of parental rights; factors considered; presumption arising from abandonment
§ 12-15-320 Dispositions
§ 12-15-321 Periodic review of efforts to achieve adoption of child in custody of another after parental rights terminated
§ 12-15-322 Authority of one in custody to place child for adoption or consent to adoption
§ 12-15-323 Appeals of dependency and termination of parental rights cases
§ 12-15-324 Applicability

Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 12 > Chapter 15 > Article 3

  • abandonment: A voluntary and intentional relinquishment of the custody of a minor by parent, or a withholding from the minor, without good cause or excuse, by the parent, of his or her presence, care, love, protection, maintenance, or the opportunity for the display of filial affection, or the failure to claim the rights of a parent, or the failure to perform the duties of a parent. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • adoptee: The person being adopted. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • ADOPTION ASSISTANCE STATE: The state that is signatory to an adoption assistance agreement in a particular case. See Alabama Code 26-10B-3
  • adult: An individual 19 years of age or older. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • adult: A person who is 19 years of age or older or who by statute is otherwise deemed an adult. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • authority: The Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority, a public corporation organized pursuant to this part. See Alabama Code 45-35A-52.01
  • Charity: An agency, institution, or organization in existence and operating for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons and conducted for educational, religious, scientific, medical, or other beneficent purposes.
  • 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, or under 19 years of age and before the juvenile court for a child in need of supervision matter or commitment to the State Department of Mental Health or under 19 years of age and before the juvenile court for a proceeding initiated under Section 12-15-115(b)(2). See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • city: The City of Dothan, Alabama. See Alabama Code 45-35A-52.01
  • consent: Voluntarily agreeing to adoption. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • detention: The temporary placement of children alleged or adjudicated to be delinquent in secure custody as defined herein pending juvenile court disposition or transfer to a residential facility for further care of a child adjudicated delinquent. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • father: A male person who is the biological father of the minor or is treated by law as the father. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • GUARDIAN AD LITEM: A licensed attorney appointed by a juvenile court to protect the best interests of an individual without being bound by the expressed wishes of that individual. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • Hearsay: Statements by a witness who did not see or hear the incident in question but heard about it from someone else. Hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence in court.
  • 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 12-15-102
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER: Any person, however denominated, who is authorized by law to exercise the police powers of the state, a county, or local governments. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • 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 12-15-102
  • LEGAL CUSTODY: A legal status created by order of the juvenile court which vests in a legal custodian the right to have physical custody of a child under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court pursuant to this chapter and the right and duty to protect, train, and discipline the child and to provide the child with food, shelter, clothing, education, and medical care, all subject to the powers, rights, duties, and responsibilities of the legal guardian of the person of the child and subject to any residual parental rights and responsibilities. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • LEGAL GUARDIAN: A person who has been appointed by a probate court pursuant to the Alabama Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act, Chapter 2A (commencing with Section 26-2A-1) of Title 26 to be a guardian of a person under 19 years of age who has not otherwise had the disabilities of minority removed. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • LICENSED CHILD PLACING AGENCY: Any adoption agency that is licensed under the provisions of the Alabama Child Care Act of 1971 or any adoption agency approved by the Department of Human Resources. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • minor: An individual who is under the age of 19 years and who is not a child within the meaning of this chapter. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • minor: A person under the age of 19 or a person who is not an adult under the law in the jurisdiction where he or she resides. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • mother: A female person who is the biological mother of the minor or is treated by law as the mother. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • parent: The legal mother or the legal father of a child under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court pursuant to this chapter. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • parent: Natural or legal father or mother. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • PICK-UP ORDER: In any case before the juvenile court, an order directing any law enforcement officer or other person authorized by this chapter to take a child into custody and to deliver the child to a place of detention, shelter, or other care designated by the juvenile court. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • PRESUMED FATHER: Any male person as defined in the Alabama Uniform Parentage Act. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • project: Interests in land, buildings, structures, facilities, or other improvements located or to be located within the downtown development area, and any fixtures, machinery, equipment, furniture, or other property of any nature whatsoever used on, in, or in connection with any such land, interest in land, building, structure, facility, or other improvement, all for the essential public purpose of the development of trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities in the downtown development area. See Alabama Code 45-35A-52.01
  • relinquishment: Giving up the physical custody of a minor for purpose of placement for adoption to a licensed child placing agency or the Department of Human Resources. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • RESIDENCE STATE: The state of which the child is a resident by virtue of the residence of the adoptive parents. See Alabama Code 26-10B-3
  • RESIDENTIAL FACILITY: A dwelling, other than a detention or shelter care facility, providing living accommodations, care, treatment, and maintenance for children, including, but not limited to, institutions, foster family homes, group homes, half-way houses, and forestry camps operated, accredited, or licensed by a federal or state department or agency. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • SHELTER CARE: The temporary care of children in group homes, foster care, relative placement, or other nonpenal facilities. See Alabama Code 12-15-102
  • SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD: A child as defined by the federal Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980. See Alabama Code 26-10A-2
  • state: The State of Alabama. See Alabama Code 45-35A-52.01
  • state: A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or a territory or possession of or administered by the United States. See Alabama Code 26-10B-3
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Veto: The procedure established under the Constitution by which the President/Governor refuses to approve a bill or joint resolution and thus prevents its enactment into law. A regular veto occurs when the President/Governor returns the legislation to the house in which it originated. The President/Governor usually returns a vetoed bill with a message indicating his reasons for rejecting the measure. In Congress, the veto can be overridden only by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House.