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Do you qualify for adoption in Georgia?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Adoptions

Adopting a child is a noble goal and the dream of many couples who want to help a child in need. But before you begin the adoption process in Georgia, it is important to learn if you qualify to adopt a child.

There are several requirements you must meet. Some basic requirements include:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Be at least 10 years older than the child
  • Be a resident of Georgia when the adoption petition is filed

The 10-year rule does not apply if the child is your stepchild or a relative.

Additionally, you must show that you are physically, mentally and financially capable of having permanent custody of the child. How do you show this?

Proving you are capable can be a rigorous process

A home study will be completed, which involves visits to your home to make sure it is a safe and healthy environment for the child. You and your spouse will likely have to go through several interviews, submit to drug tests and a background check and provide references.

You must typically undergo a medical examination to verify you are physically able to care for a child. Various training sessions are required, including a two-hour information session and a 23-hour pre-service training.

In addition to being able to care for the child, you must show that you are willing to care for the child, remembering that adoption is a permanent commitment. You must be ready to commit to the child.

Marital status and housing situation

You do not need to be married to adopt a child, although a two-parent household is usually viewed as providing more stability. There is no requirement for owning a home versus renting.

Caring for an adoptive child often comes with many challenges. Before you make the decision to adopt, you should carefully think through all aspects of the situation.

From offices in Augusta-Richmond County we serve clients in neighboring communities including Grovetown, Thomson, Waynesboro, Harlem, Lincolnton, and Wrens. Beyond Augusta we handle cases in Columbia County, Burke County, McDuffie County, Lincoln County and Wilkes County. We also proud to represent military families and veterans from Fort Gordon, Hunter Army Airfield, Fort Stewart, Fort Benning, Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem.