Choosing to adopt a child can be one of the best decisions of an individual's life. In many instances, adoption provides a home to a child in need. Sometimes this is because the child's biological parents are unfit to parent, in others it is because the child's biological parents are deceased. Yet, even though this process can have immense rewards, it can also pose risks, especially those that are financial in nature. After all, raising a child can be extremely costly, especially when that child has special needs.
People go through many changes throughout their lives. This is no different for parents. Sometimes, parents get divorced or were never married and split up. After, life does not end for the parents and many find new partners later down the road. Some will even remarry. Usually in these circumstances, the children will form bonds with stepparents over time, as they can be a big part of their lives.
There are many reasons that people in Georgia decide to adopt children. There are also many children not only in Georgia, but also around the world that are waiting to find a family to adopt them. Adoption can create loving families. And, it has great benefits for the children being adopted and for the parents who adopt the children. However, one part of the adoption process is that sometimes, biological siblings are adopted into different families.
There are many family dynamics. Sometimes, couples or individuals have multiple children, and other times, they are unable to have children or do not have their own for other reasons. On the other side, sometimes, parents are unable to care for their children, and the children end up in foster homes. To help children who find themselves in this situation, people who want to have a family and care for these children can adopt.
As many readers of this blog may have noted, an adoption in Georgia is not generally an easy or simple procedure. There are many factors to take into account, including the rights of biological parents, the notification of interested parties, meeting the requirements for adoption, and possibly things such as home studies and the like. Well, potential adoptive parents also need to be aware of certain federal laws that may also add complications to an adoption process.
Adoptions can be exciting for prospective parents. After all, they are, in many cases, fulfilling a dream they have had for some time. Having a child to raise may have even been a dream they feared would never be realized. They generally can't wait to have their new family member come and begin to share their lives. In other circumstances, adoptions are done as a way to help legally bind a blended family together when one partner has a child from a previous relationship. But what about the children in these situations? If they are old enough, they may have their own ideas and feelings about the process.
Children are some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Because they generally are unable to care fully for themselves, it is usually up to adults to ensure their safety, well-being and happiness. While most of the time this is the job of the biological parents, it is unfortunately common for those individuals to be unable or unwilling to take on that responsibility. When this occurs, someone else must care for the children. In many cases this means a stint in foster care.
The procedures necessary to adopt a child in the United States, like most other family law actions, are generally dependent upon the laws of the state in which the adoption takes place. Because of the federalist system of government we have, the states are usually given power over such matters. However, the federal government does have laws that can regulate such activities at times, especially when the actions cross state lines.
A previous post here discussed the use of post-adoption agreements that may allow adopted children to have contact with, and possibly even personal visitation with, a birth parent. We touched on some of the reasons people and the state may wish to allow these types of agreements. However, in many cases, birth parents either don't wish to be involved with the child once adopted, or have abandoned the child to the state or a private agency. In these instances, Georgia may have an interest in protecting the privacy of biological parents to encourage them to give children up for adoption if it is in the child's best interests.
Allowing children to be adopted can have many benefits, both to the individuals involved and society as a whole. The ability to transfer custody of children from a place where they cannot be adequately cared for, or are less likely to receive certain advantages, to a home where they may be able to be healthier, happier and enjoy more opportunities is often a net positive. However, it can also be a very emotional process, as both the birth and adoptive parents, and the child, may need to wrestle with strong feelings regarding the relationships each has with the other, if any.