Introduction to Adoption

You can change a child's life forever.

At any given time in the state of Alabama, hundreds of children in foster care are awaiting a loving and caring adoptive home. Many have never felt the warmth and joy that comes from a forever family. Most have been placed in agency custody due to parental neglect or physical abuse. The good news is that the lives of these children can be brightened forever by just one person - you.

By adopting a child, you not only help a child grow up in a loving and caring environment, you share in the vision of a bright, positive future. Adoption not only enriches the life of a child, but enriches yours as well. The Department of Human Resources recruits and prepares families willing to open their hearts and homes to waiting children.

Many of the children awaiting a family have special needs. These are deserving children from a variety of backgrounds and with varying needs. Some may require extra guidance and love for them to realize their full potential. Others may require more dedicated care and attention due to their physical, mental, or emotional issues. Regardless, all of these children need a forever home. Children with special needs may qualify for financial assistance, called adoption subsidy, and Medicaid.

Who are "special needs" children?

  • Generally healthy, average children over age 8 of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Children with a background of parental substance abuse, mental illness or mental retardation that places them at risk.
  • Children with various degrees of mental, physical or emotional problems.
  • Sibling groups of 3 or more to be placed together.


  • When adopting from the Department of Human Resources, the Department charges no fees for the adoption home study (which includes 30 hours of training) nor for the placement of children. Expenses are generally limited to the costs of criminal history record checks and obtaining medicals on all household family members.

    You can change a child’s life forever. Want to know more?

    The Adoption Checklist is a Guide for You and Your Family on the
    Adoption Process.


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    More Information
    Putative Father Registry
    Online Inquiry Form
    Adoption Checklist
    Recruitment
    Voter Registration Information

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Adoption FAQs

    Links
    Heart Gallery Alabama
    eMailDHR Office
    Waiting Children
    Additional Adoption Resources
    Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections
    Adoption.net  

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