What Is the Process for Adopting A Child Under Georgia Adoption Laws?
Adopting a child is a decision that will not only fill joy in your life but also in the life of the child you are about to adopt. When you are about to adopt a child as per Georgia adoption laws, the first question that comes to mind is about the adoption process. While adoption is not an easy process, we at THOMAS TEBEAU III make sure that both the adoptive parents and children go through the process as smoothly as possible. We often have couples looking to adopt a child come to our office asking about the process of adopting a child in Georgia. While we love to help out anyone who approaches our office for any guidance regarding the adoption process, we decided to explain the answer in detail through this article. So, if you want to know the procedure for adopting a child in Georgia, then keep reading because this article addresses the question in detail.
Step 1. Deciding Whether You Want to Go with Third Party Adoption or Agency Adoption
After you have made up your mind about adopting a child and made sure you can handle the financial and emotional aspect of adoption, the first step is deciding what type of adoption you want. Generally, there are two types of domestic adoption types you can go with, namely agency adoption and third-party adoption. There is also a third type of adoption you can do in Georgia called Foster adoption that is a state-run adoption program that is a less popular type of adoption in Georgia. Among these adoption options, the best one is third party adoption where you can work with a specialized adoption lawyer such as me. Not only is third-party adoption quicker than other types of adoptions, but you also have more flexibility when it comes to establishing your relationship with the child.
Step 2. Applying for Adoption Legally and Home Study
Once you are sure about what type of adoption you want to go ahead, your attorney will help you with the paperwork and the application process. The application involves paperwork such as Georgia adoption legal forms. You may also be required by law to get a home study done, and you will also have to submit other paperwork such as background check forms, personal references, financial details, employment record along with additional information depending upon your individual adoption case. All this paperwork has to be appropriately submitted without any errors, which is why it is essential to have an experienced adoption lawyer by your side to walk you through the process.
Step 3. Finalizing the Adoption Process
Once you have gone through the legal process, including home study interviews and inspections, you can finally hear the good news from us about your final adoption hearing. This hearing legally makes you the parent of the adopted child, and the custody is permanent. No matter how much the adoption cost finally getting custody of your child makes it all worth it.
We love seeing the joy on the faces of both the child and the parents when the adoption process is completed successfully. If you also want to make sure that your adoption process goes smoothly, give us a call at (706) 327-1151.