A “private” or independent adoption involves the adoption of a child who is not in state custody or the custody of a licensed adoption agency. This includes adoptions of relatives, non-relatives and stepchildren.
The court or the state will appoint an agent to review your private adoption petition to ensure compliance with Georgia law and policy and to make recommendations regarding the appropriateness of the placement. The court makes the final decision on whether or not to grant the adoption.
Georgia DFCS does not have jurisdiction over independent or private adoption. For more information on independent or private adoptions, please contact an attorney or legal aid.