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International adoption still a great option for Georgia families

Over the course of the last 12 years, the number of international adoptions occurring in the United States has been on a steady decline. While international adoption is not the option type available to families, it has typically been a good opportunity when considering adoption. Those families in Georgia interested in adopting a child may choose to pursue international adoption.

Several factors have played a part in the declining number of international adoptions taking place each year. Bans or suspensions placed on adoption by other countries have certainly hindered this process. Officials with the U.S. Department of State do believe, however, that the number of adoptions from Africa has room for growth, while adoption from Russia is at a standstill resulting from a ban.

When considering the adoption process, it is important for adoptive parents to be sure that they are working with an ethical agency that goes by the book. Additionally, understanding the laws and conditions of adoption can help a family with their transition during this time. While the United States lacks comprehensive adoption laws at the federal level, a family law attorney can assist families in understanding the laws for their state and their particular adoption.

Georgia families that are considering adoption may choose to adopt a child from another country through international adoption. Family law professionals can provide guidance for these families as they work to bring their new child home quickly and safely. Adopting children leaves a lasting impact on their lives and the lives of those who come to know and love them. The possible challenges of adoption are often outweighed by the joy that comes from adding a child to the family.

Source: Time, "Adoption: U.S. Parents Adopting Fewer Children From Abroad", David Crary, April 13, 2017

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