When the times comes and you are seriously considering adoption, it’s critical to learn more about the legal requirements and the steps you must take to see the process through.

For example, there is extensive documentation associated with the adoption process, all of which require attention to detail. When you add this to important deadlines, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything that’s staring you in the face.

Fortunately, you have the opportunity to collect all the information you need up front, which will help you make more informed decisions in the future.

Here are some of the most important questions to answer as you learn more about and/or prepare for the adoption process:

  • Are you familiar with the laws associated with adoption?
  • Do you understand the many different types of adoption?
  • What is the process for adopting a refugee child?
  • Is it possible to stop the adoption process at any point?
  • Is it possible to reverse an adoption should something go wrong in the future?
  • What does it cost to adopt a child?
  • Is it possible to adopt a child without an attorney?

All of these questions require your attention from the start, as the information you collect will help you make more informed and confident decisions in the future.

For example, there are many types of adoption, ranging from domestic independent adoptions to domestic agency adoptions to stepparent and relative adoptions. While the process appears relatively similar on the surface, you’ll soon come to find that there are many unique details associated with each type.  In addition, the laws for adoptions vary from state to state.  That means what you hear or read about an adoption in another state can be very different from an adoption in Georgia.

The more questions you answer about the adoption process, the more knowledge you’ll gain. This can help you decide if you want to move forward and if so, what type of adoption is the best fit for you.

Bringing a child into your family is a big decision. If you’re interested in adoption, it’s a must to understand how it will impact your life, the legal process associated with it and the steps you should take to put yourself on the right path.

When you know exactly what to expect, things have a way of coming together more smoothly.

My office is open and fully operational.  I am setting up video meetings via Zoom so their is no need to come in for an in person meeting.  In addition, courts are scheduling adoption hearings via Zoom even though there have been many court closures.  Having an experienced adoption attorney guide, advocate and protect your rights is very important.