Rep. Alan Boothe, R-Troy, right, talks with Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, and Rep. Mary Moore, D-Birmingham, during the House session at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, April 25, 2013. A bill that has passed the Alabama Legislature will speed up the adoption process child advocates say has kept kids in foster care for years. The Best Interest of the Child Act will shorten the time it takes for prospective parents to adopt a child in state care. Now, some children must wait several years after the termination of parental rights for their adoption to become permanent. Under the new regulation, the state will be required to petition the courts in less than 22 months. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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