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Adoption in Georgia

Georgia is on our minds, and so are their adoption laws, which tend to be quite supportive of everyone involved. Any adult, including a foster parent, may adopt as long as s/he is 25 years or older or married and living with his/her spouse, at least 10 years older than the adoptee, a resident of Georgia for 6 months or more, and financially, physically, and mentally prepared to become an adoptive parent. The Birth Mom may receive financial support from the Adoptive Parent(s) when it comes to medical, legal, with affidavit and reasonable living expenses (if licensed by an agency). Consent is four days after documents are signed and if revoked the baby is automatically returned to the Birth Mom. Fun fact about Georgia, it's nicknamed, The Peach State.

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Adoption Attorneys in Georgia

22 Adoption Agencies in GA

16 AAAA Attorneys in GA

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  • Attorney
    Jerrold W. Hester
    St. Simons Island Office, 507 Ocean Boulevard, Suite 304
    St. Simons Island, GA 31522
    912-638-1236
    (912) 638-1230
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    James B. Outman
    P.O. Box 942075
    Atlanta, GA 31141
    (404) 317-3044
    (404) 585-3094
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Lori M. Surmay
    P.O. Box 98403
    Atlanta, GA 30359
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Rhonda Fishbein
    1151 Hammond Drive NE, Suite 240
    Atlanta, GA 30346
    (770) 437-8582
    (770) 437-8582
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Barbara E. Katz
    3136 Clairmont Road, N.E.
    Atlanta, GA 30329
    (404) 298-5050
    (404) 325-5825
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Ruth F. Claiborne
    60 Lenox Pointe, NE
    Atlanta, GA 30324
    (404) 442-6969
    (404) 442-6950
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Lynn Holland Goldman
    60 Lenox Pointe NE
    Atlanta, GA 30324
    (404) 442-6969
    (404) 442-6950
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Richard A. Horder
    1230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 900
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    (404) 812-0843
    (404) 812-0845
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    William E. Turnipseed
    233 Peachtree Street, 2700 Harris Tower
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    (404) 614-3511
    (404) 584-0026
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Josie Redwine
    2440 Sandy Plains Road, Building 7
    Marietta, GA 30066
    (770) 579-6070
    (770) 509-8338
    redwinepc@aol.com
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Jessica Gordon
    2265 Roswell Road, Suite 100
    Marietta, GA 30062
    (678) 304-8525
    (866) 237-6200
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Irene A. Steffas
    4343 Shallowford Rd., Bldg. H, Suite 1
    Marietta, GA 30062
    (770) 642-6075
    (770) 642-9162
    hagueadoptions@steffaslaw.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Judy Sartain
    291 SE Alexander St
    Marietta, GA 30060
    (770) 426-1148
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Sherriann H. Hicks
    368 South Perry Street
    Lawrenceville, GA 30046
    404-786-7365
    (678) 985-2347
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Sherry V. Neal
    125 East Trinity Place, Suite 300
    Decatur, GA 30030
    404-257-6494
    (678) 302-9628
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Lila Newberry Bradley
    60 Lenox Pointe, N.E.
    Atlanta, GA 30324
    (404) 442-6969
    (404) 442-6950
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Agency
    Professional Adoption & Family Services, Inc
    6233 Clapham Lane
    John's Creek, GA 30097
    (678) 825-4226
    HAndrews@professionaladoption.org
    Services Offered Professional Adoption and Family Services is a domestic open adoption agency. Our agency is unique because we offer many services a la carte' so our clients can get the specific services they need for their adoption. We are an inclusive agency utilizing research based best practices.
  • Agency
    A Baby Step Adoption
    340 Morgantown Road
    Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    info@ababystepadoption.com
    Services Offered A Baby Step Adoption Agency is led by an AAAA Director with over 30 years of legal and adoption experience. Our agency specializes in full service, newborn baby adoption throughout the United States.
  • Attorney
    Debra M. Finch, PC
    585 Research Drive, Suite B
    Athens, GA 30605
    (706) 353-1533
    debbie@debrafinch.com
  • Attorney
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    info@adoptionsfirst.com
    Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
  • Agency
    Adopt America
    111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
    Miami, FL 33132
    (305) 984-2154
    info@adoptamerica411.com
    Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.
  • Agency
    Caring Adoptions
    11601 Katy Freeway
    Suite 222
    Houston, TX 77079
    (281) 920-4300
    info@caringadoptions.org
    Services Offered Caring Adoptions is a full service adoption agency that has been finding families for children since 1991. Although located in Houston, Caring Adoptions works with Birthmothers throughout Texas, and Adoptive Parents throughout Texas and the United States.

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Length of ICPC
in Georgia

1-60 days

Email: glenene.lanier@dhs.ga.gov

Georgia adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in Georgia

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
    No.
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Ann. Code § 19-8-24(a)(1), (d)

    It shall be unlawful for any person, organization, corporation, hospital, or association that has not been established as a child-placing agency by the Department of Human Services to advertise, whether in a periodical, by television, radio, or any other public medium or private means, that the person, organization, corporation, hospital, or association will adopt children or will arrange for children to be placed for adoption.

    Individuals seeking to adopt a child or to place their child for adoption may communicate by private means, which include only written letters or oral statements.

Adoption Law Info

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Rules & Regs. r. 290-9-2-.06(3)
    The home study shall include at least three visits on separate days. At least one visit shall be in the home, and the applicant and all other family members shall be see and interviewed. Prospective adoptive parents shall be interviewed together as well as separately.
    The study shall include at least the following information concerning the prospective adoptive family:
    • Motivation to adopt
    • A physical description and social background of each family member
    • An evaluation of parenting practices
    • A summary of health history and condition of each family member
    • An informal assessment of the emotional and mental health of each family member
    • An evaluation of the understanding of and adjustment to adoptive parenting
    • An evaluation of the prospective adoptive parent(s)’ finances and occupation
    • A description of the home and community
    • Statements regarding the results of a criminal records check and a check of the child abuse and neglect registry
    • A minimum of three character references:
    o At least one reference must be from an extended family member not residing with the prospective adoptive family.
    o If a prospective adoptive parent(s) has worked with children in the past 5 years, a reference must be obtained from the former employer(s) for that work experience.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    This issue is not addressed in the statutes and regulations reviewed.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Rules & Regs. r. 290-9-2-.06(3)
    The home study must be completed prior to the placement of a child in the home. When a family is approved for an adoption placement by a Georgia agency, and a child has not been placed with the family within 1 year of the date of the approval by that agency, there shall be documentation annually of the reason(s) a placement has not been made, and a home study update shall be completed prior to a placement being made.
    At a minimum, a home study update must include at least one home visit, the applicant’s current employment status, updated medical reports, changes in family composition, and any changes in types of children requested.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Rules & Regs. r. 290-9-2-.06(7)
    The agency caseworker shall make at least two home visits after the placement of the child and prior to the filing of the petition for adoption.
    • The first home visit may be made at any time after the placement of the child.
    • There shall be a minimum of 2 weeks between the required home visits for a child age 12 months or younger.
    • There shall be a minimum of 30 days between the required home visits for a child older than 12 months.
    Home visits shall be made with the prospective adoptive family at least once a month prior to the filing of a petition for adoption to verify that the prospective parent(s) are delivering care in a safe and healthy environment to the children in accordance with these rules and regulations and relevant agency policies and procedures. Such visits shall include observation of the child and at least one prospective adoptive parent in the home.

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