Many children in the Georgia foster care system become eligible for adoption through the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). Foster children are placed in foster homes by DFCS; as custodian, DFCS is legally charged with the safety and well-being of these children. Prior to adopting a foster child in the DFCS system, prospective parents must undergo a pre-placement home study, as well as a criminal background check, to ensure that children will be placed in a safe, secure environment. Hildebrand Law Office is prepared to work with you through the adoption process, helping you to move smoothly through the legal network.
What steps do we take in a DFCS adoption?
- First, the adopting parents schedule a time with us to attend the adoption signing.
- Second, we attend the adoption signing at the DFCS office with you. While DFCS prepares its paperwork, we draft all documents needed for court. As soon as you complete and sign the DFCS paperwork, you sign our legal paperwork. With this step, everything our office needs for court is done!
- As soon as the court finalizes the paperwork, the adoption is complete. The longest any adopting family will EVER have to wait for an adoption to be finalized in court is two weeks; some adoptions can be finalized in court as quick as the very next day.
What is the cost?
If the child qualifies for adoption assistance, DFCS pays for the adoption and the adopting parents pay nothing. If the child does not qualify for adoption assistance, then the following fees apply, which include all fees and court costs, with the exception of publication, when needed.
- 1 child: $1,500
- 2 children: $1,600
- 3 children: $1,700
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