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Adoption: What you need to know as a potential parent

The adoption process is relatively straightforward, although it can be complicated. Adoption is a legal process in which you may adopt a child into your family. The adoption gives a child the same rights as a child born naturally into your family.

There are many different factors that play a role in a person's decision to adopt. Some may decide not to adopt because they believe they are unable. The truth is that the qualifications to adopt are not as stiff as you may believe. In Georgia, you must be 25 or older. You should also be 10 years older than a child you wish to have placed in your home. If you are married and living with your spouse, you still must be at least 10 years older than the child to be adopted.

Before you can file a petition to adopt in Georgia, you must live in the state for at least six months. There are various groups of children who are waiting for adoption within the state including teens, children 10 and older, those with special needs and sibling groups. Some children who have special needs have medical concerns, mental health concerns, multiple siblings or may have been placed into another person's care for at least 24 months.

Once you decide you want to adopt, it's simple to make an inquiry to the local Division of Family and Children Services. You can learn more at an information session and the receive training before going further with the adoption. Your attorney can talk to you more about the adoption process and what to expect. Our website has more on this important topic.

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