Georgia Private Adoption Attorney
There are many ways to adopt a child in Georgia. For prospective adoptive parents that already have a relationship with a mother who wants to give her child up for adoption, this process is called a private adoption (or independent adoption). For these adoptions, neither the biological parents nor the adoptive parents need to go through an adoption agency. Instead, both the biological and adoptive parents already have a relationship and intend to go through with an adoption from one set of parents to another. In most cases, private adoptions can be a faster and more cost-efficient adoption process.
Georgia Private Adoption Lawyers
At Fennell, Briasco & Associates™, our team of family law attorneys has decades of experience helping Georgia families successfully complete the private adoption process. We represent both biological and adoptive parents who are seeking adoption of a child to/from someone they already know. We believe in a client-focused legal strategy that prioritizes the wellbeing and happiness of your family for years to come. To help you navigate a private or independent adoption in Georgia, contact the family law attorneys at Fennell, Briasco & Associates™ today for a FREE legal consultation. Our team is available now at (770) 956-4030.
Private Adoptions vs. Agency Adoptions
For adoptive parents that already have a “match” with biological parents, private adoptions are the most commonly used adoption process to transfer parental rights from the biological parents to the adoptive parents. On the other hand, adoption agencies help adoptive parents find a match and complete the adoption paperwork and legal requirements. Adoption agencies, sometimes called child-placement agencies, help connect biological parents with prospective adoptive parents. An agency adoption will have specific procedures that differ from the independent adoption between two private parties.
In private/independent adoptions, the adoptive parents have a greater responsibility to understand and carry out the legal requirements for adoption. Unlike agency adoptions (in which the agency takes a highly active role in facilitating the adoption), private adoptions require the adoptive parents to navigate the system on their own. For assistance with any private or independent adoption in Georgia, always contact a lawyer to discuss the adoption process that’s right for you.
It is important to note that private adoptions still require judicial oversight. The judge of a local superior court still has the final authority to issue a decree of adoption—even for private adoptions. Private adoptions also require an independent agent (appointed by the court or a state agency like the Georgia Department of Family & Children Services) to ensure the adoption complies with state law and promotes the wellbeing of the child.
Completing a Home Study
Obtaining Consent from Biological Parents
Georgia Private Adoption Lawyer
The team at Fennell, Briasco & Associates™ proudly represents families across the State of Georgia in completing adoption petitions. Our practice represents both biological and adoptive parents in the following areas: