Is ADoption for My FAMILY?

Adoption is a self-less decision of both birth parents and adoptive parents. It is the choosing of the life of an infant for a lifetime. Deciding whether to adopt is a personal lifetime commitment to parent a child.

What you can expect

Georgia Hope’s prospective adoptive parent list is kept at 10-15 families so as not to have a lengthy wait list for prospective parents. The waiting list for a baby can be up to 2 years.

Each adoptive family, single or couple, must have a home study conducted by Georgia Hope before an adoption can occur.  A home study generally consists of one office visit/orientation and individual visits to your home. Documents such as references, marriage certificate, verification of income, medical reports, GBI fingerprinting, drug screening, etc. are required.

At the finalization of the adoption, a Georgia Hope caseworker is legally required to makepost placements visits to you once you are home with your baby.


Your Adoption Checklist

  1. Consider adopting. 
  2. Come to an orientation.
  3.  We conduct a home study.
  4.  Get your documents ready.
  5. Decide on the type of adoption that works best for you.
  6. Wait for a child to become available.
  7. Your child is placed.
  8. Caseworker visits.
  9. Love your child FORVER!

Which Type of Adoption is Right for You?

You may opt to have a “closed adoption” where there is no contact with the birth parent(s) and adoptive parent or an “open adoption” where you decide how much contact you want with the birth parent. “Semi-open” adoptions include the birthparent choosing a family by way of profiles and/or scrap books prepared by the adoptive parent and may meet the birth parent(s) prior to the adoption.  We will discuss this at orientation.