Adding A New Member To Your Family

Adoption is an exciting time: You are choosing to bring a new person into your home and letting them join your family. Building a bond with a new member of your family can be challenging, but with your heart in the right place, you will succeed.

At McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP, we want to help you expand your family in any way you need. Providing a safe happy family for a new person is a selfless choice. We want to help you prepare as best we can, so you can be sure that you and your family are as legally ready as you are emotionally ready.

Legally Ready

The state of Georgia has a number of laws and guidelines regarding adoption. We want you to have a strong understanding of what you need to know in order to expand your family the way you want. Specifically, you should know:

  • The adoption process: There are seven steps to this process, from initial inquiry to preparation programs and finalization. Our firm can prepare you for the steps and help you in any way you need.
  • Who can adopt: In order to file for an adoption, you must be at least 25 or married and living with your spouse for six months.
  • Who can be adopted: You may adopt any child, provided you are at least 10 years older than the child, or any adult or child over 14 who gives consent.

In addition to these basic facts you may need additional assistance if you are pursuing an independent adoption, using a private agency or adopting across state lines. Our firm has a long history of providing careful, caring advice to families who want to grow.

Attorneys Devoted To Your Family

McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP, is an institution in Dalton. We know that happy families make happy communities, and knowing your adoption lawyer has a personal investment in your happiness helps build trust. For an adoption consultation, contact us by email or call 706-508-4292.