Adoptions involving foster children will be streamlined in Alabama under a new law that Gov. Robert Bentley has signed.
Bentley and legislative leaders say the Best Interest of the Child Act will prevent foster families from having to wait several years before being able to adopt children in their care.
The law shortens from 15 months to 12 months the time that must pass after a child is in state custody before a court can consider a request to terminate parental rights.
Courts will now have just 90 days from receiving a petition to hold a trial on the question of parental rights. A final order will be due within 30 days of the trial.
The governor praised the law, noting that two of his four children were adopted.