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Picture of a girlThis section of has information and resources about adoption in Georgia.
  • Adoption: Where Do I Start?

    This fact sheet is a "gateway" to the many possible paths to building a family through adoption. It attempts to provide an understanding of the basic steps in any adoption process and a guide to resources at each step. Content Detail

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  • Adopting a Child (Answers to Common Questions)

    This document contains answers to questions many people have about adopting a child who is 17 years old or younger. Read More

  • Learn about Parents' Rights

    This presentation was developed as part of the Law and Government Education Project in the Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. In partnership with the Law School and the Center for Teaching and Learning at UGA and the Law School at Mercer University, the Institute develops resources on basic areas of Georgia and federal law. These resources are then distributed across the state in a variety of ways including the State Bar of Georgia?s Pro Bono Project website. We hope you will find this presentation to be useful and informative. Please be advised, however, that this presentation is designed to provide general information only and does not substitute for legal advice. At the conclusion of the presentation you will find a list of organizations which may be able to provide assistance to those who have legal issues relevant to the topic of this presentation. We encourage viewers to contact these organizations for help. Also, please consult the Pro Bono Project website for a list of other presentations available for viewing. Content Detail

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  • Relative Adoption: Issues about Access to Education

    A school must allow the child to go to school for 30 days while waiting for proof of age, residence, or other requirements. The school may give more time for special reasons. The family?and not the school?should make the decision about the type of relationship that helps the family. Read More

  • Adoption of Special Needs Children

    General information about adopting special needs children. Read More

  • Are You Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption?

    This fact sheet provides practical information about adoption options for pregnant women. It describes the benefits of counseling and reviews the different types of confidential and open adoption arrangements. Content Detail

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  • Kinship Care: Legal Relationships and Public Benefits Guide PDF

    Information for relative caregivers adopting children including definitions of benefits and adoption Content Detail

  • When Children Are Adopted

    This document describes the basic rights related to adoption, excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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  • Georgia Adoption Reunion Registry

    Georgia's Adoption Reunion Registry was created as a result of a state law effective on July 1, 1990. The purpose of the Registry is to offer services to birth parents, adopted persons, adoptive parents and siblings who are affected by adoptions finalized in Georgia. The Reunion Registry can provide: (1) Services to adopted persons whose adoption was finalized in the state of Georgia. (2) Services to birth parents whose children were placed for adoption in Georgia. (3) Services to siblings separated by adoption in Georgia. (4) Services to adoptive parents of children under 21 whose adoption was finalized in the state of Georgia. The services include registration, searches for siblings, parents and children (for a fee), and support groups, among other things. Content Detail

  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren doc

    TANF stands for ?Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.? If you meet certain requirements, you may be able to get the fifty dollar ($50) Monthly Subsidy Payment (MSP) or the Crisis Intervention Services Payment (CRISP). You may also be able to get other types of TANF. Content Detail

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