What You Need to Know About Adoption in GA
Whether you’re considering placing your child for adoption in Georgia or wondering how to adopt a child in Georgia, the law firm of Claiborne|Fox|Bradley can help you meet your adoption goals. One of the first things you’ll need to do, however, is understand exactly what’s involved in a Georgia adoption.
That’s where our experienced lawyers come in. Whether you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption or a hopeful parent looking to adopt a child, we can provide you the information you need to decide if adoption in Georgia is right for you. You can always talk to us today by calling 404-422-6969 or contacting us online. With two offices located in Georgia and the ability to complete adoptions throughout the state, we can help you no matter where you are.
In the meantime, we’ve provided some basic information on Georgia adoption here, from what requirements you’ll need to meet to some local resources you can take advantage of.
Requirements for Adoption in GA
In order to preserve the safety and personal rights of everyone involved in the adoption process, adoption laws in Georgia set certain standards for those looking to adopt and those considering placing their child for adoption. However, because these laws are often under review and have the potential to change, it’s important that you speak with our experienced attorneys about your individual situation to determine whether you meet the current legal requirements.
Requirements for Adopting a Child in GA
If you’re wondering how to adopt a child in Georgia, you’ll need to take certain steps to make that a possibility for you. First, you’ll need to meet the requirements to adopt set by Georgia adoption laws. While these requirements may vary based on the adoption process that you choose to complete (for example, private domestic infant adoption versus stepparent adoption), these are the general requirements for those wishing to complete a Georgia adoption.
- Be at least 25 years old or married and living with a spouse
- Be at least 10 years older than the child you wish to adopt
- Be financially, physically and mentally able to have permanent custody of the child
- If married, adopt jointly with your spouse
There may also be a residency requirement when you adopt a child in Georgia, so it’s important to consult our law firm to learn more about what will be required in your individual situation.
Most of the time, if you’re completing an adoption in Georgia of a child not related to you by blood or marriage, you will also need to undergo certain background clearances and complete a home study investigation. Again, the specific requirements for your Georgia adoption will depend upon your situation and the adoption process you choose. Relative and stepparent adoptions in Georgia usually won’t require a full home study investigation.
Requirements for Placing a Child for Adoption in GA
If you’re considering placing your child for adoption, whether through a private domestic infant adoption or a relative or stepparent adoption, this is certainly a possibility for you. To better understand your potential adoption process in Georgia, we encourage you to contact us today at 404-442-6969. We can give you a thorough idea of what steps you’ll need to take.
If you want to place your child for adoption, you’ll need to be aware of the Georgia adoption laws — and, as your lawyers, we can help you with this. We can assist you with meeting all of the adoption requirements, including understanding your adoption rights, signing your adoption consent and terminating your parental rights (and the parental rights of any prospective birth father).
Home Study Providers for Adoption in GA
If you’re considering a Georgia adoption of a child or infant, you’ll likely need to complete a home study investigation. This process involves a social worker visiting your home to interview you and the members of your family to make sure you are ready for the adoption process. It’s important that you work with an experienced professional to complete this step, as it is critical in allowing you to move forward with the adoption process.
There are many home study professionals in Georgia you may wish to work with. Below is a list of some of them:
- Options for Adoption
- The Adoption Authority, Inc.
- A Adoption Advocates of Georgia
- Adoption Babylink (GA)
This is by no means a list of all the home study professionals in Georgia, so it’s important that you do your research to determine what other options are available to you and which professional will work best for you. Our adoption lawyers may be able to refer you to additional professionals in your area.
Georgia Adoption Professionals
When you complete a Georgia adoption, you will need to use an adoption lawyer to finalize the legal process. The law firm of Claiborne|Fox|Bradley is glad to complete your legal adoption process for you, whatever kind of adoption process you’re interested in completing. We’ll serve as your legal counsel throughout the adoption process and be able to refer you to trusted professionals for the other aspects of your adoption.
Georgia Adoption Agencies
If you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption or a prospective adoptive parent looking to adopt an infant, you may want to consider using adoption agencies in Georgia to help you find an adoption opportunity. While we can give hopeful parents advice for finding a prospective birth mother on their own, working with an adoption agency can make this process easier and faster.
If you’re looking for an adoption agency in Georgia, we can provide you references to trusted Georgia adoption agencies that we commonly work with and recommend. However, the decision will be ultimately up to you, and there are many agencies to choose from, including:
Again, this is by no means a full list of adoption agencies in Georgia that are available to you, as there are many more national and regional adoption agencies that you may wish to work with instead.
Foster Care Adoption Agencies in GA
You may also wish to adopt one of the children waiting in the Georgia foster care system. Foster care adoption is yet another beautiful way of building a family, and Claiborne|Fox|Bradley can help you with your legal process every step of the way, from securing your parental rights to helping you understand state financial assistance.
To learn more about the process of finding a foster child available for adoption and the requirements for your situation, contact one of these foster care adoption agencies in Georgia:
- Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
- GCAC of Georgia
- Families First
- Bethany Christian Services
Start Your Adoption in GA Today
It’s important to know that there are many wonderful adoption and foster care resources and professionals in Georgia, and we’ve only listed a few. You should do extensive research of all the adoption professionals in Georgia before deciding what’s best for you. When you work with the law firm of Claiborne|Fox|Bradley, we may provide you a more extensive list of adoption professionals. In addition, if you know of any additional Georgia adoption professionals or helpful resources, please feel free to contact us.
If you’re considering a Georgia adoption, either as a prospective adoptive parent or birth parent, the first thing you can do is contact the law firm of Claiborne|Fox|Bradley. We conveniently have offices located in Savannah and Atlanta and have the ability to complete adoptions all over the state of Georgia. In addition to completing the necessary legal process, we can provide you references to other trusted adoption professionals, should you need them.
To get started, please contact us today.