Becoming an Adoption Service Provider

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) is the agency responsible for the delivery of health, human/social and related regulatory services for the state of Georgia. The major service divisions within DHS are Aging Services, Child Support Services and Family & Children Services. In partnership with local communities, DHS assists individuals and families in achieving safe, healthy, independent, and self-sufficient lives. Many DHS programs have seen record numbers of enrollment in this recent economic downturn. Please refer to DHS website at http://dhs.georgia.gov for more information about the Department, its responsibilities/functions and organizational structure etc.

The Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS), State Adoption Unit is charged with promoting, developing, and supporting quality adoption services for Georgia’s children and adoption families.  Over the years, the unit has impacted the number of children adopted through; (a) Increased adoptive placements of children who were in the custody of DHS; and (b) Increased collaboration with non-profit and for-profit organizations to serve children and families with adoption services.

The Department of Human Services, DFCS State Adoption Unit is seeking Child Placement Agencies to recruit, train and develop adoptive families, and provide placement and supervision services for children who are defined as hard to place. For the purpose of this Statement of Need, DFCS defines hard to place children as those that are children thirteen (13) years and older, children designated by adoption assistance as having significant medical needs and/or emotional/behavioral needs and sibling groups of three or more. The objective of this process is to obtain the services of qualified Child Placement Agencies that are licensed by the State of Georgia to provide adoption services for hard to place children within the State of Georgia. The services would be provided for an initial one-year term beginning July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. At the sole discretion of DFCS the contract may be renewed annually for four (4) one-year terms.

Minimum Requirements

To have its proposal considered pursuant to this Statement of Need, a Supplier must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be an Adoption Agency licensed by the State of Georgia
  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience in providing placement service for the hard to place population as defined in Section 3
  • Supplier must provide a copy of its Georgia Adoption License as part of its proposal.
  • Supplier must also certify in writing that it has the minimum five years’ experience as required above.  If the Supplier cannot substantiate its experience in providing placement services for the hard to place population as defined in Section 3, the Supplier will be disqualified, and its proposal will not be considered.

Becoming a Contracted Support Services Supplier 

  1. Adoption Services Provider Contact info & Counties Served Form
  2. Adoption Services Provider Qualification Profile Form
  3. Adoption Services Contracted Provider Program Requirements
  4. Adoption Services Statement of Need
  5. Application Instructions for Adoption Services FY21
  6. Attachment A – Adoption Services Contract Requirements
  7. Attachment B – Adoption Services RFP Invoice – Rate Sheet
  8. Attachment C – Organizational Chart
  9. Business Associates Agreement – Informational Only
  10. Sample Corporate Resolution for Non-Profits
  11. Security Immigration Compliance Form for Contractors
  12. Security Immigration Compliance Exception For Agency or Sub-Contractor
  13. Tax Compliance Form
  14. Vendor Management Form
  15. W-9 Form

Download this zip file.Download the zip folder which includes all the forms above.

If you require any additional information about becoming an Adoption Service Provider, email DFCS.PreAdoptCont@dhs.ga.gov