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Requirements for adoption in Georgia: You could qualify

If you're considering adoption, it's best to understand how Georgia's foster care and adoption system works. There are restrictions on who can adopt, and you will need to go through several steps before you'll be able to do so. Your attorney can help you through this process, since it can be complicated when it comes to the legalities.

To start with, you can only adopt after qualifying to do so. You must show the willingness to care for a child and be able to show you have enough money to provide for yourself and a child. You can be single or married and rent or own your home. You'll need to be at least 10 years older than the child you wish to adopt; for example, if there is a 16-year-old child you want to adopt but you're only 25, you won't be able to. The age gap is not large enough to place you in a parental role. However, if the child is 16 and you are 27, that age gap is large enough to adopt.

If you are single and want to adopt, you need to be at least 25 years old. You'll have a criminal records check regardless of being single or married. A drug screening and home safety check is also required. Twenty-two hours of pre-service training and a two-hour informational session is also required. If you are going to foster a child, you need to show that you have a Georgian driver's license.

There are also costs involved in adopting, although they can fluctuate depending on how you adopt the child. If you adopt through the Division of Family and Children's Services, then you will have to pay for medical exams and drug screenings, but those can be reimbursed. Private agencies tend to charge, but the fees you pay will depend on the company itself.

Source: Adopt US Kids, "Georgia Foster Care and Adoption Guidelines," accessed Sep. 17, 2015

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