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Monday, July 22, 2013

Despicable Me Movie Makes Adoption Look Easy; Here are some facts about adoption in the state of Georgia

"Despicable Me 2" is a bigger blockbuster than any animated movie ever, topping classics like Shrek and earning over $142 million during a five-day period. The movie is based on an ex-super villain named Gru who has adopted three sisters. Many of us enjoyed the movie as an escape from the heat (or the rain), but those who are considering adoption may be sitting in the audience thinking, "How do they make it look so easy?" The movie begs some questions, and here are some answers:

How long does the adoption process really take?

According to Department of Human Services, approximately 250 children are available for adoption in the state of Georgia at any given time. However, the adoption process typically takes from three to ten months from inquiry to approval. It's smart to have an attorney at your side who can skillfully navigate through this process and the legal language associated with it.

Can single people adopt as easily as a couple can?

The main character, Gru, is a single man who appears to live an upper-middle class lifestyle. But in reality, single people often face bigger hurdles in the adoption process. That's why it's important for you to surround yourself with good advocates, such as an attorney who is well-versed in adoption law and can assist you with state, private or foreign adoptions. 

What if I already have other dependents?

While it's unlikely that you are supporting an army of little yellow minions, some may wonder how their existing dependents may affect their chances of adding to their family.  Each adoption is a new matter, so a person would have to start all over with a second, third or subsequent adoption. It's important to note that adoption laws vary from state-to-state, so it's key that you work with a local attorney at the time of your adoption. 

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