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Friday, November 22, 2013

Considering Adoption? It's not as hard as you may think.

Over 33% of Americans consider adoption, but less than 2% have actually adopted a child.  While it may seem overwhelming at first, adoption is probably easier and less expensive than you may think. If you are one of the many American considering adoption, here are some important things you should know: 

You don't need to be an expert.  In the Internet age, our first instinct is to start doing extensive online research.  While it's smart to gather information when making major life decisions, you shouldn't get overwhelmed by the legal aspect of adoption.  An experienced Family Law attorney can guide you through the process. 

Think locally, even if you are not adopting locally.  Adoption laws and requirements vary by state, so it's important to work with a local Family Law attorney that is familiar with your state laws.  If you're going to adopt a child from out of state, you still have to satisfy your state requirements. 

Children are available for adoption.  Over 2,300 children are currently in foster care and are waiting for adoptive families in the state of Georgia alone.  There are many different ways to adopt a child through the State, and your local DFACS office can help you determine which way will best fit your family's needs.  Your Family Law attorney can work closely with DFACS in facilitating the adoption once you make the decision to adopt. 


Adopting family members.  Adopting a stepchild is the most common form of adoption.  A Family Law attorney can help a step-parent or other family member through the adoption process, thereby granting loved ones the full legal rights associated with caring for the child. 

For more information on this topic, contact Elizabeth Pool here or call (770) 775-3188 to schedule a free consultation.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White, LLC is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia.  Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business. 

Questions and Answers about Adoption in Georgia

Adoption Cost - how much does it cost to adopt in Georgia?

It depends. As with any legal action, an uncontested adoption costs less than a contested adoption. Cost also varies between attorneys, and one should expect to pay more in Atlanta than in Henry, Butts, Jasper, and Newton Counties. Also, if the adoption is through DFACS, they often offer assistance with the cost.

How long does the process typical take?

Again, it depends. If uncontested, it can move along much quicker than a contested adoption. Also, different types of adoptions require different paperwork to be completed, so that is also a factor to consider.

Have you personally handled adoption cases?

I've done many adoptions and have done almost every kind of adoption.

Can single people adopt?

Yes. As long as a person is at least 25, 10 years older than the child, has been a resident of Georgia for at least 6 months, and is financially, physically, and mentally able to have permanent custody of a child, they are able to adopt.

 

Any representations regarding the law in this Blog is made available for educational purposes only as well as to give you general information and a general understanding of the law, not to provide specific legal advice. By using this blog site you understand that there is no attorney client relationship between you and the Blog publisher. The Blog should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.


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