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Facts About Adoption [Infographic]

May 24, 2016

As of April 30, 2016, 12,276 of Georgia’s children were in state custody. The number speaks for itself. Thousands of children in our state alone are in need of loving, permanent homes.

The Georgia Department of Human Services’ Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) handles the state adoption and foster care system. DFCS defines adoption as the social and legal process that gives adopted children the same rights as those born into the family.

Last year, 843 children were adopted from the state. With an adoption process of as little as only 4-10 months, let’s see if we can make that number even higher this year.

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Teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs (defined below) or medical frailty are among those available for adoption. The basic requirements to be an adoptive parent are fairly simple: if you are single, you must be at least 25-years-old; if you are married, you must be living with your spouse. In every situation, you must be at least 10 years older than the child you are wishing to adopt.


The basic steps for adoption are as follows:

  1. Inquiry: Call 1-877-210-KIDS (5437) to begin the process of adopting from the state of Georgia. You can also begin the process by contacting private licensed agencies. In either case, the following steps typically apply.
  2. Info Session
  3. Training
  4. Family Evaluation
  5. Pre-Placement
  6. Placement
  7. Finalization

Learn more about these 7 steps from DFCS.


Different types of adoption come at different costs (information provided by the Child Welfare Information Gateway):

  • Public Agency: $0-$2,500
  • Licensed Private Agency: $5,000-$40,000+
  • Independent: $8,000-$40,000+
  • Facilitated/Unlicensed: $5,000-$40,000+
  • Intercountry: $15,000-$30,000

Learn more about the different types of adoption.


Financial support is available for families of adopted children with special needs. For the purpose of adoption assistance, DFCS defines a child with special needs as one who meets any or all of the following qualifications:

  • The child is in the care of an agency or individual other than their legal or biological parent for more than 24 consecutive months.
  • The child has a physical, mental or emotional disability.
  • The child needs to be placed in the same home as at least 1 sibling.

Once you have completed the adoption process and a new child has been added to your family, DFCS offers post-adoption services. The specific state-offered services are continuously changing, but they include programs focused on the following:

  • Support for adopted teens and their families.
  • Assistance for adopted children and their biological families to find each other.
  • Crisis intervention.
  • Respite for medically fragile adopted children.

Visit the Georgia Center for Resources and Support online for more information on special services and resources.

Are You Ready?

Are you ready to meet your new child? Take a look at the photolisting at It's My Turn Now to see what children in Georgia state custody are available for adoption.

So many children need your love and care. Please, consider adoption. Change a life.

Rachel Hart

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Experience Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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