So you’re thinking about adoption…
This can be one of the most joyous times in your life, and one of the most stressful; you’re likely to feel that you’re under a microscope much of the time. You will survive, and your family will grow by one (or more) soon enough.
What types of adoptions are there?
There are essentially two different types of Adoption processes:
- A basic Adoption, where a single person or couple adopts a stranger-child or foster-child, including grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins; or
- A Step-Parent Adoption, where the spouse of a biological parent wants to adopt a step-child.
How do you adopt a child?
First, you have to file a petition with the Superior Court of your county, in almost all cases. Then, there are some basic, statutory requirements for an Adoption to proceed in Georgia:
- The would-be parent must be at least 25 years old, or be married and living with their spouse;
- They must be at least 10 years older than the would-be joyous bundle;
- The would-be parent must be a bona fide resident of Georgia for at least six months prior to petitioning the Superior Court of their county; and
- They must be financially, physically, and mentally capable of having permanent custody of a child.
See the LGBTQ page on the Independent Adoption Center for significantly more information and resources to help you find a child for your family.
The Trial Lawyers of The NA Firm
At The NA Firm we stand ready to assist you with your adoption process. This is not something that you should ever attempt on your own. The paperwork and process is extremely complex. You NEED a qualified attorney, like the trial attorneys of The NA Firm, by your side.