Adoption is defined as a social and legal process that creates a new family, giving adopted children the same rights and benefits as those born into the family. To children without a permanent family, adoption represents the hope for a better life.
The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) is dedicated to finding loving homes for the numerous children in permanent state custody who are available for adoption. These children are often survivors of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Due to the harsh circumstances of their lives, most of the children fall in the adoptive category of Special Needs. As defined for the purpose of adoption, Special Needs includes:
- A child who has been in the care of a public or private agency or individual other than the legal or biological parent for more than 24 consecutive months.
- A child with physical, mental, or emotional disability, as validated by a licensed physician or psychologist.
- A child who is a member of a sibling group of 2 or more placed in the same home.