What is required to adopt a child in Georgia?

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2020 | Adoption

If you are considering welcoming a child into your life through adoption, you have a wonderful opportunity to change the trajectory of a young life. Parenting a child that has likely experienced hardships in his or her life enables you to turn what might have been a problem child into a productive citizen. Kids of all ages thrive when they receive unconditional love from one or more caring adults.

Although the adoption process is understandably complicated, the state of Georgia tries to make adopting a child as easy as possible. This ensures that children who want and need loving parents have an excellent chance of finding them. Those who seek guidance from an experienced legal advocate find that their efforts to adopt are typically more successful.

The section below contains several facts about adoptions in Georgia:

  • Prospective parents must be at least 10 years older than the child
  • Nonmarried (single) people may adopt a child if they are 25 years or older
  • Prospective parents must be financially able to support an adopted child
  • Parents must also be physically and mentally fit to adopt
  • Married parents must file a joint adoption petition
  • If adopting a stepchild, the biological parent does not need to join the petition

Taking in a child to love brings joy to your life and the life of your child. You will want to make certain you follow any directives the Georgia courts require of you. In most cases, a family law attorney can ensure that you meet the requirements for adoption and complete all the tasks necessary to become an adoptive parent.