§ 26-10A-1 Short title
§ 26-10A-2 Definitions
§ 26-10A-3 Jurisdiction
§ 26-10A-4 Venue
§ 26-10A-5 Who may adopt
§ 26-10A-6 Who may be adopted
§ 26-10A-7 Persons whose consents or relinquishment are required
§ 26-10A-8 Consent or relinquishment by a minor parent
§ 26-10A-9 Implied consent or relinquishment
§ 26-10A-10 Persons whose consents or relinquishments are not required
§ 26-10A-11 Consent or relinquishment
§ 26-10A-12 Persons who may take consent or relinquishments; forms
§ 26-10A-13 Time of consent or relinquishment; filing with court
§ 26-10A-14 Withdrawal of consent or relinquishment
§ 26-10A-15 Surrender of custody of minor under age of majority
§ 26-10A-16 Petition
§ 26-10A-17 Notice of petition
§ 26-10A-18 Custody pending final decree
§ 26-10A-19 Investigation
§ 26-10A-20 Removal of adoptee from county
§ 26-10A-21 Related proceedings
§ 26-10A-22 Attorney participation and appointment of attorney for the adoptee or other party
§ 26-10A-23 Fees and charges
§ 26-10A-24 Contested hearing
§ 26-10A-25 Final decree; dispositional hearing
§ 26-10A-26 Appeals
§ 26-10A-27 Stepparent adoptions
§ 26-10A-28 Adoption by other relatives
§ 26-10A-29 Name and status of adoptee
§ 26-10A-30 Grandparent visitation
§ 26-10A-31 Confidentiality of records, hearing; parties
§ 26-10A-32 Birth certificates
§ 26-10A-33 Crime to place children for adoption
§ 26-10A-34 Payments to parent for placing minor for adoption; maternity expenses; receipt of financial benefits by father
§ 26-10A-35 Bringing child into state for adoption purposes
§ 26-10A-36 Advertisement as to adoption by persons, organizations, etc., not licensed by Department of Human Resources
§ 26-10A-37 Rules of procedure and rules of evidence
§ 26-10A-38 Application to existing adoptions

Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 26 > Chapter 10A

  • 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 45-37-162.06
  • Acquittal:
    1. Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    2. A verdict of "not guilty."
  • adoptee: The person being adopted. See Alabama Code 45-37-162.06
  • adult: A person who is 19 years of age or older or who by statute is otherwise deemed an adult. See Alabama Code 45-37-162.06
  • 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.
  • Circumstantial evidence: All evidence except eyewitness testimony.
  • consent: Voluntarily agreeing to adoption. See Alabama Code 45-37-162.06
  • county: Jefferson County, Alabama. See Alabama Code 45-37-249.02
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • father: A male person who is the biological father of the minor or is treated by law as the father. See Alabama Code 45-37-162.06
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • 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.
  • juries: include courts or judges in all cases when a jury trial is waived, or when the court or judge is authorized to ascertain and determine the facts as well as the law. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • 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 45-37-162.06
  • 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 45-37-162.06
  • mother: A female person who is the biological mother of the minor or is treated by law as the mother. See Alabama Code 45-37-162.06
  • parent: Natural or legal father or mother. See Alabama Code 45-37-162.06
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Petit jury: A group of citizens who hear the evidence presented by both sides at trial and determine the facts in dispute. Federal criminal juries consist of 12 persons. Federal civil juries consist of six persons.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • PRESUMED FATHER: Any male person as defined in the Alabama Uniform Parentage Act. See Alabama Code 45-37-162.06
  • Pro se: A Latin term meaning "on one's own behalf"; in courts, it refers to persons who present their own cases without lawyers.
  • PUTATIVE FATHER: The alleged or reputed father. See Alabama Code 45-37-162.06
  • 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 45-37-162.06
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD: A child as defined by the federal Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980. See Alabama Code 45-37-162.06
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.