It has become more common for the parties to an adoption in Georgia to arrange for open adoption. Whereas in the past the expectation was that adoptive children would never have any contact with their birth relatives, open adoption allows and encourages at least some contact between the birth family and the adopted child. A post-adoption contact agreement is a document that outlines the arrangements that the birth parents and the adoptive parents have agreed to.
As a prospective parent looking to adopt in Georgia, the decisions you make now can last a lifetime. One of the most important involves how you want to adopt and from where. You can choose to adopt a child from the United States or an international location. There are children in need of loving homes everywhere, so one is not inherently better than the other. However, you may find that either domestic or international adoption works better for your family.
You probably already know that adoption is a method of adding to your family by providing a safe and nurturing home to a child in need, but what does it mean from a legal standpoint? In the eyes of Georgia state law, any children adopted into your family gain the same rights and legal standing that they would have if they had been born into it.
As a Georgian resident who is ready to add a new member to your family, you may be wondering how to start the process of adoption. Each state has its own unique laws regarding adoption, along with requirements you must fulfill in order to be considered qualified as a potential adopting parent.
There are many families in Georgia who would love to welcome an adopted child into their home. However, the high cost of adoption creates obstacles that may take families years to overcome. According to one Forbes article, adoption costs can range from a low of $20,000 to a high of $80,000. Many families may consider taking out a loan to adopt, but if this puts the families’ net worth into negative figures it may reflect poorly in your home study.
Adopting a child in Georgia is a multi-step process that can seem daunting at times. While the adoption process is extensive, it is more streamlined than in the past. Adoptive parents need to be aware of the procedures and the recent changes to Georgia adoption law.
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.
Georgia parents intending to adopt a child may feel anxiety that the process will not go the way they expect. While the child's best interest is always a guiding principle in family law, sometimes when controversy arises the courts must deliberate in order to determine what course of action serves the best interests of the child. When the child's race or ethnicity is different from that of the adoptive parents, it may spark some controversial issues that may pose obstacles to the adoption process.
When you adopt a child into your family in Georgia, you are making a selfless choice to provide a safe, happy home for someone who would not have one otherwise. At McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, we believe it is important for you as adoptive parents to be ready, both emotionally and legally, to bring a child into your home.