ABOUT GALAA

 

The Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies promotes ethical adoption practices, provides a forum for the education of its members and advocates for the best adoption policies in Georgia. We are a resource in the community to advance awareness and understanding of adoption. This includes advocacy for quality services, policies and adoption laws and practices at the state, local and federal levels.

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ADOPTION PROCESS

“These are generalized steps in the process for each type of adoption. Every organization has its own policies and procedures, which may be slightly different than what is listed on this page. We recommend you seek out an organization that is a good fit and meets your needs for moving through your own adoption journey.” 

DOMESTIC ADOPTIONS

  • Domestic adoptions include private and open adoptions. 

  • Determine whether you need a private attorney or an adoption agency

  • Speak with an adoption counselor to clarify your desires and eligibility

  • Determine your desired level of openness with the birth family

  • Complete a home study

  • Complete any agency-required training

  • If you are chosen by a birth mother, you may get to know her or may not

  • Meet your child (Placement)

  • Complete post-placement reports with your agency

  • Your adoption is finalized in court

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS

  • Determine whether you need a private attorney or an adoption agency

  • Speak with an adoption counselor to clarify your desires and eligibility

  • Complete a home study

  • Complete any agency-required training

  • Prepare your international "dossier" and have it translated

  • Travel and meet your child (your country may require more than one visit)

  • Finalization of adoption may occur in child's country of origin or in the United States

  • Complete post-placement reports with your agency

FOSTER CARE ADOPTIONS

  • Decide whether you wish to adopt through DFCS directly or with the assistance of a Child Placing Agency

  • Complete Georgia's state-required IMPACT training, which prepares you for foster care adoption

  • Complete home study

  • Complete any agency-required training

  • You are matched to a child, and then can meet him or her to decide whether you and the child feel comfortable with the match

  • A visitation period allows you to get to know the child 

  • After a six month placement period you can finalize your adoption.