Relative Adoptions

Rhonda Fishbein, as a Georgia relative adoption attorney whose practice is dedicated to adoption law, has assisted hundreds of relatives adopt children in their families. Contact her law office in Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss your case.

Keeping Families Together Through Relative Adoption

Many individuals do not plan in advance to raise children born to family members. Due to numerous social and economic issues and the commitment to keep children in their families, relative adoptions are increasing in number each year. Frequently, relatives assume the responsibility of parenting for the following reasons:

  • Death of a parent
  • Financial issues
  • Substance abuse by the parents
  • Child abuse
  • Child neglect
  • Abandonment
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Incarceration
  • Mental health problems
  • Parent’s decision not to assume responsibility of parenting

Qualified Relatives

Under Georgia law, relative adoptions are adoptions of a child by only the following individuals: a relative who is related by blood or marriage to the child as a grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, great aunt, great uncle or sibling.

In Georgia, a relative adoption is frequently a simpler process than nonrelative adoptions. The court has the discretion to waive the home study requirement and generally the biological parents either consent to the adoption or there are strong facts to prove abandonment, unfitness or other reasons to permit an adoption to be finalized. However, some relatives encounter complex legal issues while proceeding with the adoption process. An experienced adoption attorney will ensure that the correct legal documents are signed and assist with any legal complications.

There are many reasons why relatives wish to legally adopt children in their families. Adoption provides a permanent home to a child and permits the adopting relatives to provide health insurance for the child, enroll the child in school, make medical decisions, and provide financial benefits to the child. Although temporary guardianship can accomplish some of these goals, adoption provides security to the new family unit.

Contact an Experienced Atlanta Relative Adoption Lawyer

If you are a relative considering adoption of a child to be born or already born in your family, please contact Rhonda Fishbein, an experienced Georgia relative adoption lawyer.

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