Are you considering adoption for your baby? Adoption is one of the most loving decisions you can make for your child. It is also one of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make. At Adoptions With Love, we want you to know that you do not have to make this decision alone. You do not have to walk this journey alone. We are here to answer your questions, to educate you on adoption in Georgia, and to help you make the most positive, informed choice for you and your baby. Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or have already given birth to your baby, we extend our support to you.
Adoptions With Love is a licensed, non-profit adoption agency helping expectant/birth parents nationwide find the best possible homes for their children. For over 30 years, we have been building life-long relationships with young women like you. For the last three decades, Adoptions With Love has also been building relationships with expert adoption counselors licensed in your state. If you need help placing your baby for adoption in Georgia, know that you can always contact us. Our trusted Georgia adoption agency partner and attorney can help you explore your options, understand the adoption laws in your area, and design an adoption plan that is tailored to your needs.
To get you started, here are four steps you will need to take to place your baby for adoption in Georgia.
1. Choose and meet with an adoption agency that you trust.
Choosing the right agency support is crucial to your adoption journey. There are so many adoption professionals out there today that it can be hard to know if you are making the right choice. We recommend, above all, that you find an adoption agency you can trust. Choose an adoption agency that will discuss all your options with you, listen to your needs, and respect any decision you make.
Your adoption agency should be available every hour of the day and every step of the way, offering the support you deserve. Choose an adoption agency with expert, compassionate counselors who can meet with you regularly (at your convenience) to guide you through this unexpected journey.
2. Understand the adoption laws in Georgia.
Adoption laws vary state to state. In Georgia, no mother can sign legal adoption documents until at least 24 hours after the baby is born. This gives birth mothers a chance to meet their baby and additional time to think about their choice. A birth father is allowed to sign legal papers prior to the baby’s birth. At Adoptions With Love, we encourage you to take time to consider all of your options. Adoption is a lifelong decision, and we want you to be comfortable and confident that the decision you make is the best one for your child.
If you choose to make an adoption plan, it is important that you also take time to understand the adoption process in your area. An experienced agency can help with this. If you choose to work with Adoptions With Love, you can meet with knowledgeable adoption attorneys who are specifically trained in Georgia adoptions. They can meet with you – wherever you are – to help walk you through the legal process.
Rest assured that our legal services are always free of charge. In fact, there is never any cost for expectant or birth parent services at our agency. Georgia law allows licensed adoption agencies to provide financial assistance for any pregnancy-related expenses needed before, during, and after your baby’s adoption, such as:
- Complete counseling
- Help designing your adoption plan
- Assistance finding quality medical care
- Housing assistance
- Financial assistance
- Legal assistance
- Ongoing Contact
3. Select a loving adoptive family.
As an expectant/birth parent in Georgia, you will be given the option to choose a family for your baby. This choice is yours to make. Adoptions With Love will listen to your wants and needs to understand what qualities you are looking for in an adoptive family. We will then show you several waiting families who may be a match for your child.
All of the families at Adoptions With Love have written letters and put together photo albums so that you can get to know them. You can take as much time as you need in looking through these albums to find the perfect adoptive family. If you would like, you can also meet them in person.
In Georgia, it is required that all potential adoptive families are thoroughly screened and evaluated by a licensed adoption agency. At Adoptions With Love, we especially want to ensure your baby is placed in a loving family and stable home. All our families, therefore, have gone through an extensive home study process and completed a series of background checks to ensure they are ready to raise a child.
4. Create a post-adoption plan.
Adoption is a lifelong experience. It does not end after your child has been placed, and it surely does not have to end your relationship with your child. If you choose to make an adoption plan with Adoptions With Love, you will have the option to design an open adoption plan. This means that you can keep in touch with your child’s adoptive family and your child as the years go on. We will establish this plan for contact in a post-adoption agreement and can facilitate any communication with your child and his or her family down the road. If you are not comfortable with openness, you can always choose a semi-open or closed adoption plan. Our trained counselors will help you as you explore all the potential options for post-adoption contact.
Because adoption is lifelong decision, we want you to know that we will also always be here for you – to help you navigate emotions or if you simply want to talk. We encourage you to pursue our ongoing counseling and support services after your baby is placed. These services are 100% confidential and available at no cost to you.
Whether you just discovered you are pregnant, are in your final trimester, or have already given birth, know that it is never too late to make an adoption plan. Contact us today at 1-800-722-7731 for more information on adoption in Georgia.
This is our State by State Adoption blog series. To learn about the different areas we service, or to find the specific steps of adoption in your state, please visit adoptionswithlove.org/areas-we-service.