Adoption is both a legal and social process. Legally, adoption is the process of transferring parental rights from one set of parents to another. It is often a couple accepting full legal custody of a child not born to them and raising the child as their very own. Each state has its own adoption laws that must be followed.

However, adoption is so much more than a legal process. It is full of social and emotional aspects for birth parents, adoptive parents, adoptees and their family members.

There are many paths to adoption. One is to link up with a reputable, state licensed adoption agency to help and guide everyone through the process.  Services of agencies extend beyond the placement of children to years of providing support.

Other paths to adoption involve working with attorneys to arrange adoptions, adopting children internationally, adopting children out of the foster care system and adopting children who are relatives.

There are also several “kinds” of adoptions from “open adoptions,” “semi-open adoptions,” to “closed adoptions.”

Choosing the right path to adoption and the kind of adoption that works best for you are important decisions.

Each licensed, non-state/governmental adoption agency has its own policies and procedures regarding adoption, who qualifies to adopt and the support offered. Some adoption agencies are “faith-based” agencies who have religious requirements while others are “secular” without religious values or requirements guiding their policies.

Georgia Agape, Inc. is a faith-based agency. For those looking to adopt, call the agency at 770-452-9995.


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