Whether you are an expecting mother in The Magic City or looking to adopt there, you can find a wide variety of adoption resources in the city of Birmingham. If you are considering adopting or placing a child for adoption in Birmingham, Alabama, then the following guide will provide you with local adoption agencies, home study providers, hospitals, and more.
For even more information on adoption in your area, you can visit our Alabama adoption page.
Birmingham Adoption Agencies and Professionals
As a prospective birth parent or adoptive family, the professional you work with will play an important role throughout the adoption process, providing adoption services and support to ensure a successful adoption. If you prefer to work with a local or regional adoption professional, consider these nearby adoption agencies or professionals:
Foster Care Professionals in Birmingham
The state of Alabama has specific requirements for families who wish to become foster parents. If you are interested in pursuing foster parenting in Birmingham, you must:
- Be at least 19 years old
- Meet all standards for an Alabama foster home
- Pass a background check
- Show evidence of good health
For more information about foster care and available children, contact one of the following Birmingham foster care professionals or another agency near you:
State-Licensed Home Study Providers
Whether you choose to pursue domestic infant adoption or foster care in Birmingham, you will be required to complete the Alabama home study. Information about the home study process and home study requirements in Alabama is available in our state adoption information.
It is important to work with a legally qualified home study provider. To get started on your adoption or foster care home study, contact one of these area home study professionals:
- Children’s Aid Society
The social workers at CAS will help you with your domestic or international adoption home study regardless of what agency you work with in your adoption.
- T.H.E Social Work Services
Kathie Butler of T.H.E Social Work Services is licensed in Alabama to perform home studies. She primarily works in the northern area of the state but occasionally works in other locations.
- Tyler Simmons, LCSW, PIP, LLC
The founder of Alabama Social Work Services, Tyler Simmons specializes in adoption and custody situations, including the Alabama home study.
- Conner Adoption Support Services
You can contact Conner Adoption Support Services, operated by Rebecca Conner, to complete your home study regardless of where you live in Alabama.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Alabama home study providers.
Hospitals in Birmingham
One of the final steps in the adoption process is the hospital stay and arrival of the baby. If you are an expectant mother making an adoption plan, you will have control over your hospital plan, including who is in the delivery room with you, how much interaction you will have with your baby, and more.
Your adoption professional can coordinate with your delivery hospital to ensure a smooth labor and delivery process. As you create your hospital plan, you may be able to work with one of the following Birmingham hospitals:
- Brookwood Women’s Center
2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
- St. Vincent’s Birmingham
810 St. Vincent’s Drive
Birmingham, AL 35205
- UAB Women & Infants Center
1700 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Laws and Requirements to Adopt in Alabama
When pursuing an adoption, potential birth parents and adoptive families must all abide by the laws of their state to ensure that the adoption is legally recognized. If you are adopting or placing a child in Birmingham, visit our page on How to Adopt in Alabama for detailed information about the process.
Below, you can find a brief overview of consent laws for birth parents and adoption eligibility for adoptive parents.
After the birth of a child, the birth parents must both terminate their parental rights before the child can be adopted. Alabama’s consent laws state that a mother can legally consent to an adoption at any point, but that consent may be revoked within 5 days of the consent or the birth, whichever comes last. This protects her from making a final, legally binding decision under duress or in a compromised state.
In some instances, the explicit consent of the father is not needed to move forward in an adoption, but it should always be obtained if possible. If the father of the child cannot be contacted or his consent cannot be obtained for any reason, speak to your adoption attorney about your options.
In Alabama, the basic requirements for adoption eligibility state that any adult individual or husband-and-wife couple can adopt. Additionally, your adoption professional may have its own set of requirements that you must meet in order to work with them. Other criteria for eligibility can include age, marital status, or religious affiliation. If you have any concerns about your adoption eligibility, speak to your professional.
County Court Information
About six months after you take your baby home, you will be called to appear in court and legally finalize your adoption. When this time comes, your adoption professional will contact you with information on how to proceed. In the meantime, you can learn about your area’s courts at the Jefferson County Court and Shelby County Circuit Clerk pages.
Things to Do in Birmingham
When families adopt in a state other than their home state, they must remain in the birth mother’s state for 7-10 days to wait for legal clearance. If you are adopting in Birmingham from out of state, here are some things you can do during your time in the city: