Study and know all of your options. For example, have you considered options outside Atlanta and Georgia, such as international adoption?
Be specific about what you want yet consider your level of flexibility. That includes not only race and gender but also children with physical disabilities, health issues, and mental issues relating to the child's past.
Develop a strong support system, either with people who meet in-person or online. Adoption can be an emotionally trying and heavy process, so a good support system is essential. Look into support groups that meet in Atlanta or explore online support groups.
Plan your finances. Costs increase rapidly during the adoption process in Georgia. Budget for the adoption application fee, home study and preparation services, post-placement supervision, mental health evaluations, document preparation, etc.
Don't worry about the laws. That's where we come in. Laws can vary significantly depending on where you adopt. Seeking guidance from the start can help your entire adoption process go smoother. An experienced Atlanta adoption attorney will have the knowledge and resources to overcome any delays and obstacles.
Termination of Rights
Know that as part of the Georgia adoption process, the rights of the biological parent or parents must be terminated. If the biological parent does not wish to voluntarily terminate his or her rights, a number of grounds are available that Georgia courts will consider when deciding whether those rights should be terminated involuntarily.
To adopt a child, it helps to understand some of the legal, practical, and emotional hurdles so that you can prepare for a long, complicated process. The above tips will help you with the practical and emotional aspects.