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In order to terminate his parental rights, you would need to first file a formal petition in the local court to terminate his parental rights and then have him served with the action. If he doesn't respond after being served, then you will get a default judgment and his rights will be terminated to clear the way for a stepparent adoption.
It would appear as though you have adequate grounds because he has expressed "extreme parental indifference" in their health and wellbeing and has abandoned them. Basically if the judge finds he has abandoned the children and that it would be in the children's best interests to terminate the rights, he will do so. The fact that the stepfather is waiting to adopt them just lends support to the cause.
This isn't something that you want to undertake on your own so you really need to find a local family law attorney to assist with filing the petition and making the process as smooth as possible..
The particular statute that applies here is Ala. Code Â§26-18-7 if you wanted to see the specific factors the court considers...