Adoptions involving foster children will be streamlined in Alabama under a new law Gov. Robert Bentley has signed.
Bentley says 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 may consider a request to terminate parental rights.
"It's very important to me and it' has been a part of our lives and it has been a joy," said Bentley. "And I know that for all of you who are adoptive parents, you can say the same thing that I said."
In signing the measure, Bentley said all children deserve a safe and stable home environment.