If you live near the Atlanta, Georgia, area and are considering adoption, you may be overwhelmed by all there is to know about local adoption resources, laws and processes. The following provides information about Atlanta adoption agencies, home study providers and other local adoption and foster care resources to help answer your questions.
Our adoption in Georgia page provides additional information about adoption and foster care throughout the state.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Atlanta
From your initial adoption research through every step of the adoption process, your adoption professional can be a great source of adoption information and support.
If you are a pregnant woman or hopeful parent interested in completing the adoption process in Atlanta, the following local and regional agencies can help you complete your adoption in Georgia:
Foster Care Resources in Atlanta
Becoming a foster parent can be a rewarding experience. However, there are some qualifications prospective foster parents need to meet. Foster parents in the state of Georgia must be at least 10 years older than the child. If you are single and interested in becoming a foster parent, you must also be at least 25 years old.
The process to become a foster parent in Atlanta includes a criminal records check, home safety inspection, training and more. More information about fostering is available on our Georgia adoption information page or by calling 877-210-KIDS (5437).
Your local foster care agency can also provide additional information about the requirements and process to become a foster parent in Atlanta. Contact one of these local foster resources for more information:
- Lutheran Services of Georgia
- Multi-Agency Alliance for Children
- Families First
- Georgia Center for Resources and Support
- The United Methodist Children’s Home
- Division of Family and Children Services
Home Study Providers in Atlanta
Every adoptive and foster parent in Atlanta must complete a Georgia home study, which includes at least three visits on separate days from an adoption agency professional. During the visits, family members will be interviewed on a variety of topics, including their motivation to adopt, their understanding of adoptive parenting, and more.
To learn more about the home study process and requirements in Georgia, visit our state adoption information page, or contact one of the following trusted home study providers in your area:
- Options 4 Adoption
Options 4 Adoption is licensed in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee as a nonprofit home study agency. Services include home studies for domestic and international adoptions, post-placement supervision and home study report updates.
- A Adoption Advocates of Georgia
A Adoption Advocates of Georgia is a nonprofit licensed child-placing agency serving all of Georgia that conducts home studies for international adoptions, domestic adoptions and post-placement requirements.
- AAA Partners in Adoption
AAA Partners in Adoption provides home study services to families in Georgia.
- The Adoption Authority, Inc.
The Adoption Authority, Inc. is a licensed child placement agency in Georgia and Florida that completes domestic and international home studies, home study updates and post-placement reports.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Georgia home study providers.
Hospitals in Atlanta
When the time finally comes to welcome the new baby, the prospective birth mother will create a hospital plan. If you are considering adoption for your baby, your hospital plan will include all of your preferences for the hospital stay — who will be in the delivery room with you, who will hold your baby first, and more.
As you begin planning your hospital stay, you will work closely with your adoption professional, who will inform the delivery hospital of your wishes. Here are some local hospitals in Atlanta that you may be working with:
- Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
1968 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
- Atlanta Medical Center
303 Parkway Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
- Grady Health System
80 Jesse Hill Jr Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
- Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree St, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
- DeKalb Medical
2701 North Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Laws and Qualifications to Adopt in Atlanta
Each state differs in its adoption laws, qualifications and requirements for adoptive and birth parents. This section provides an overview of the types of regulations impacting birth mothers and adoptive parents in Atlanta. More detailed information about state laws and adoption processes in Georgia is available on our state adoption information page.
The legal adoption process involves the termination of the birth parents’ parental rights. To place a baby for adoption in Georgia and legally terminate your rights, you must consent to the adoption according to state laws. If you are considering an adoption plan for your baby in Atlanta, the information you need about consent and relinquishment, as well as additional information about birth father rights, is available here.
For Adoptive Parents
Adoptive parents must meet certain qualifications to be legally eligible to adopt in Georgia. If you are considering growing your family through adoption in Atlanta, you will need to meet certain age and residency requirements and complete the Georgia adoption home study. Information about these laws, as well as laws regulating adoption expenses, adoption finalization and advertising, is outlined here.
Every adoption must be legally finalized in court. If you are adopting in the Atlanta metropolitan area, find more information about finalizing your adoption in your county below:
Things to do in Atlanta
If you are an adoptive parent and your child is born in or around Atlanta, you will likely find yourself in the area visiting your baby’s birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances. If you are looking for ways to spend your time in Atlanta before returning to your home state, here are some of the top attractions in the area: