The adoption process varies greatly from state to state. For instance, Wisconsin and Louisiana do not require the child's consent, while Hawaii law requires a "proper" adopter (the definition of this term determined largely through the courts). Georgia adoption laws allow any child who is at least 10 years younger than the prospective parent (or any adult who gives written consent) to be adopted. Additionally, Georgia does not require home residency prior to finalization of the process.
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (Ga. DHS) identifies seven main steps to the adoption process, from the initial inquiry to finalization. These steps are:
Georgia DHS Adoption section provides additional tools and resources to help you get started with an adoption, learn more about the process, or search for your birth family.
The main provisions of Georgia's adoption laws are listed in the table below. See FindLaw's Adoption section for more articles and resources.
|Code Section||19-8-1 to 26; No|
|Who May Be Adopted||Any child 10 years younger than petitioner; any adult who gives written consent.|
|Age that Child's Consent Needed||14 years and older|
|Who May Adopt||Any adult at least 25 years of age or married and living with spouse and bona fide resident for 6 mos. prior to filing petition; must be ten years older than adoptive child.|
|Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?||No|
|State Agency/Court||Dept. of Human Resources/Superior Court in county|
|Statute of Limitations to Challenge||Not specified|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia adoption attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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