Q: I am a foster kid in Alabama. Except I moved out a year ago and I am now 19. I have my own place and a good paying job.
I have a younger foster sister (who is biologically my niece) still with the foster family I was with. If the foster parents are willing to sign my foster sister into my custody is that the best way to go for her to be with me or is it best to try and do a relative adoption? I'm in Gulf shores al
A: Hello. I would assume your foster parents have temporary custody pending the location of a viable adoption for your niece. DHR is likely involved as well. You would need to contact your neice's DHR caseworker and them s/he he know you want to adopt her. DHR will investigate you and your home life to determine if you can support/provide a good home life for yourself and her. You cannot do a relative adoption in Alabama without the adoptee (your niece) living with you for 12 consecutive months prior to the filing. You should have a consultation with counsel in your area to determine the best course of action to get your neice. Best of luck!
A: And let s/he know *
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