Georgia needs foster and adoptive caregivers

Do you have room in your heart and your home to extend a hand? Foster and adoptive caregivers are needed throughout Georgia, especially for sibling groups and older teens. Having the desire and an open heart to support children and families is among the most important criteria for becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

Many Georgia children are in need of a positive mentor and role model. That’s the foundation of resource parenting, in which parents are expected to demonstrate maturity and stability during the temporary placement of a child allowing the child to be protected and feel nurtured. They are able to meet developmental goals of each child and maintain family connections. This often requires the resource parent to work directly with birth parents toward a reunification plan.

There is also a vast need for adoptive parents within the state and adoptive families can be as diverse as the children in care. To adopt in Georgia, the prospective parent(s) should be:

  • At least 21 years of age, if single, and 10 years older than the child to be placed
  • Married, living with a spouse and 10 years older than the child to be placed
  • A Georgia resident for six months prior to filing an adoption petition

The most important requirement for being an adoptive parent is the willingness and capacity to care for children. Adoptive parents make an unconditional commitment to meet the physical, emotional, medical and social needs of their children. Our Wednesday’s Child features each week highlight some of the children still searching for loving and supportive forever homes. 

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