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Adoption News

6/2013

TALLAPOOSA COUNTY, Alabama -- The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is looking for people with information about an adoption scam in east Alabama.

ABI agents helping the Lanett Police Department and the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Office have already made one arrest in an investigation involving a company called Angel Adoption Agency, according to a release from the bureau.
Brandy Renee Harsh, 37, was arrested May 22 and faces a charge of first-degree theft of property and two misdemeanor charges related to the adoption scam. Harsh is being held in the Tallapoosa County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Anyone with information about or knows anyone who was affected by Angel Adoption Agency or the email address localadoptionhelp@yahoo.com is asked to contact the ABI at 1-800-392-8011.

A Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said Thursday that the investigation is not related to A Angel Adoptions, a Helena adoption agency with a similar name.


Al.com, Jon Reed, Author



Putative Father Registry

Alleged fathers in Alabama have the right to be notified of adoption proceedings involving their children.

Alabama Law allows a putative father - a man who assumes or alleges to be the father of a child - to be notified of adoption proceedings involving the child.

Notice to the putative father is made when there has been adjudication, legitimization, or intent to claim paternity verified by or filed with the Alabama Department of Human Resources' Office of Permanency.

In order for the putative father to receive notice of an adoption procedure, he must register with the Putative Father Registry prior to the child's birth or within a 30-day period after the child's birth. A putative father who fails to file a notice of intent to claim paternity within this time frame is considered to have given an irrevocable implied consent to any adoption proceeding. The putative father is responsible for notifying the Department of Human Resources' Office of Permanency of a change of address.

The putative father may revoke his intent to claim paternity at any time.

For more information please go to Punative Father Registry on the DHR website.
Putative Father Intentent to Claim Paternity Registration
Putative Father Registry Change of Address

(Information provided by Department of Human Resources)
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