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See also: Atlanta Adoption, Augusta Adoption, Columbus Adoption, Savannah Adoption

Adopting in Georgia

Individuals and families who are looking to adopt in Georgia can contact the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) or a child-placing agency.

DHR has hundreds of children who are in their custody. Many of these children are available for adoption. While some parents have given up their parental rights, most parents' rights have been terminated by the courts due to abuse or neglect. Most children who are available for adoption are considered to have special needs.

Special needs for the state of Georgia include sibling groups of three or more. If one child has a special need and they are part of sibling group of two, then both children will qualify as special needs. Children who have disabilities which are physical, emotional or mental also qualify as special needs. Children who are eight years old and older are considered special needs and all African-American children one year and older are considered special needs.

DHR does not charge adoptive parents any fees for facilitating an adoption of a child in their custody. In addition, they also work with some private agencies who will not charge agency fees. The fees that will be required are for the home safety inspection and any legal fees that are required to complete the adoption. However, families who adopt a child with special needs can receive up to two thousand dollars to reimburse them for the fees that were required. This reimbursement is given through financial Adoption Assistance. Also, some children qualify for additional financial assistance, based on their special needs. Some families may receive financial support to help cover cost of services that are for medical or psychological special needs. Some children will qualify to receive Medicaid benefits, upon completion of the adoption.

Children with special needs can be matched with a family fairly quickly. Most families wait six to ten months for a referral of a child. Once the child is in the home, another six months of positive reports are required before the adoption can be finalized.

The Division of Family and Child Services (DFCS) will try to find any of the child's relatives prior to the parental rights being terminated. If there are no relatives who can take care of the child, then the child will go into the custody of the state of Georgia. When the child is placed with an adoptive family and the adoption in finalized, the adoptive family legally becomes the child's permanent family.

The state of Georgia does not allow children who are in their custody to be adopted through agencies unless the agency is recognized by DHR. They must be licensed private adoption agencies. Also, DHR does not handle adoptions that are international. Families who want to adopt a child internationally will need to contact an attorney.

Families who want to adopt a child that they already know, can file an adoption petition. They will need to contact an attorney to guide them through the required legal steps in adopting the child. Both birth parents will need to give their consent, in order for this type of adoption to take place.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in Georgia.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples in or near Georgia in the listing below, provided as a service of ParentProfiles.com.

Couples Hoping to Adopt in Georgia

View profiles of hopeful adoptive parents or create your own adoption profile today on ParentProfiles.com (A service of Adoption Profiles, LLC).

Featured GA Couples from Parent Profiles
Amanda & Keith  (from GA)
Welcome to our family! We are excited to hear from you and can't wait to get to know you. We're a loving and active family that cannot wait to find the baby that will complete us. Thank you for...[more]

See All Georgia Couples Hoping to Adopt through ParentProfiles.com.



Children Waiting for Adoption in Georgia

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in Georgia who are hoping to be adopted.

Featured Georgia Children from The Adoption.com Photolisting
Alexis (Georgia / 9 / F)
Alexis, born 11/04, is a sweet, helpful and independent African American girl who enjoys playing sports and drawing. She is a good student with a lot of potential who also enjoys spending time with her family. Alexis needs a loving... [more]

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Jessica - 2 months ago
The special needs definition listed is incorrect. Effective 2009, special needs are children in sibling group of 2 or more, child in foster care for 24 months, or a diagnosed medical/mental health/behavioral issue #1
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