Alabama Code Title 26. Infants and Incompetents § 26-10A-28
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A grandfather, a grandmother, great-grandfather, great-grandmother, great-uncle, great-aunt, a brother, or a half-brother, a sister, a half-sister, an aunt or an uncle of the first degree and their respective spouses, if any may adopt a minor grandchild, a minor brother, a minor half-brother, a minor sister, a minor half-sister, a minor nephew, a minor niece, a minor great-grandchild, a minor great niece or a minor great nephew, according to the provisions of this chapter, except that:
(1) Before the filing of the petition for adoption, the adoptee must have resided for a period of one year with the petitioner, unless this filing provision is waived by the court for good cause shown;
(2) No investigation under Section 26-10A-19 shall occur unless otherwise directed by the court; and
(3) No report of fees and charges under Section 26-10A-23 shall be made unless ordered by the court.
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