Code of Alabama - Title 26: Infants and Incompetents - Section 26-10A-15 - Surrender of custody of minor under age of majority

Section 26-10A-15 - Surrender of custody of minor under age of majority.

(a) No health facility shall surrender the physical custody of an adoptee to any person other than the Department of Human Resources, a licensed child placing agency, parent, relative by blood or marriage, or person having legal custody, unless such surrender is authorized in a writing executed after the birth of the adoptee by one of the adoptee's parents or agency or the person having legal custody of the adoptee.

(b) A health facility shall report to the Department of Human Resources on forms supplied by the department, the name and address of any person and, in the case of a person acting as an agent for an organization, the name and address of the organization to whose physical custody an adoptee is surrendered. Such report shall be transmitted to the department within 48 hours from the surrendering of custody.

(c) No adoptee shall be placed with the petitioners prior to the completion of a pre-placement investigation except for good cause shown and with written notice immediately given to the court, and to the county department of human resources.

(Acts 1990, No. 90-554, p. 912, §15.)

Last modified: May 3, 2021