Many people in Georgia choose to bring children into their family through the DFCS adoption process. If you want to expand your family by adopting a child currently in foster care, you may be curious about what the impending process will look like.
Here are the general steps the DFCS adoption process follows:
- Inquiry—At this point, you reach out to DFCS and let them know you are interested in adopting a child.
- Information session—You attend an information session to learn more about the DFCS adoption process and what you can expect as a prospective parent.
- Pre-service training—You participate in an adoption preparation program that provides comprehensive information about family evaluations, placement, supervision services, and more.
- Family evaluation—DFCS evaluates your family after the completion of pre-service training and confirms you as a good fit to be an adoptive parent.
- Pre-placement—You wait to have a child placed with your family. The time this takes varies from family to family.
- Placement—A case worker will identify a child to place with your family and bring them to your home to start living with you.
- Finalization—A hearing is held with the court to finalize the adoption after you file an adoption petition.
Our law firm has extensive experience helping families with the DFCS adoption process. If you need a lawyer to help you with the legal aspects of adopting a child from foster care, reach out to us today for more information.