Georgia residents may choose to adopt a child for many reasons, and each is highly personal. If you wish to add to your family through adoption, you may have concerns about the requirements. McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP often represents clients who want to expand their family, helping them navigate the regulations and laws regarding the process.

According to American Adoptions, Georgia requires a home study before filing an adoption petition. This includes a minimum of at least three separate visits. Although they do not all need to take place in the home, at least one must take place there. The child-placing agency representative interviews each member of your family, separately as well as together. The information gathered includes the following:

  • A description of the community, neighborhood and home
  • The mental and emotional health of each family member
  • A summary of each person’s current health and health history
  • The motivation for the adoption
  • An evaluation of the finances and work situation of the prospective parents

State laws allow the birth mother four days to change her mind about the adoption after signing the paperwork. This is true even if it is an open adoption and she chose you to raise her child. After the four days has passed, the child is legally part of your family.

The adoption process is often filled with deadlines and a broad range of requirements; some of which are dependent on your particular situation. As a result, due diligence is imperative before choosing an adoption specialist. Professional organizations that operate within the legal guidelines are more likely to help facilitate a successful adoption. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.