Adopting A Child From Another State
You are interested in adopting a child from another state, but early on in the process, you’ve discovered that there are some challenges with this. State laws often conflict, and it is difficult to determine when to apply Georgia laws and when to apply the other state laws. Ultimately, people who proceed with interstate adoptions on their own may begin to feel like the process is impossible.
It is actually quite possible – and common – for parents from Georgia to adopt children from other states. What you need is the help of an attorney with adoption experience. At Shawn P. Hammond and Associates, attorney Shawn Hammond has more than 25 years of experience handling interstate adoptions and other related adoption issues. He can help you navigate the complex laws and regulations – and the entire process – to make sure your adoption goes through.
The Challenges Of An Interstate Adoption
Some of the challenges potential adoptive parents experience in the interstate adoption process can include:
- Choice of law: As mentioned, when you are adopting a child from another state, you will have to deal with our Georgia adoption laws as well as the laws of the state the child is in. Further, when more than one state is involved in an adoption, federal laws are triggered as well. Attorney Sean Hammond has a thorough understanding of these laws and how they interact. He will help you.
- Home visits: Pretty much every adoption involves a home visit requirement. However, in a multistate adoption, both states (and the federal government) will have some requirements before the adoption is allowed to proceed.
- Other common adoption issues: There are various complications in any adoption. These issues can involve record keeping and documentation, appeals of home study assessments and other roadblocks.
There are many challenges in the adoption process, and interstate adoptions can involve multiple steps. Shawn Hammond can help you through the process.