If you are pursing an adoption outside the state, your actions might be regulated by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). The ICPC is applicable to public and private agencies and some independent adoptions.
The State of Georgia reviews ICPC applications to ensure compliance with the legal requirements of both states. Approval of the application must be received prior to the placement. Currently, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are signatories of the Compact.