Georgia Foster Care and Adoption
Out of 11,000 Georgian children in foster care, 2,370 kids have a permanency goal of adoption, 250 of whom are available for adoption and in need of loving, permanent homes.
People interested in adopting can contact the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) or a child-placing agency. The Division of Family and Child Services (DFCS) tries to find a relative of the child’s before the parental rights of their parents are terminated. If there are no relatives who can take care of the child, then the child will go into the custody of the state of Georgia and become available for adoption.
The first step to become a foster or adoptive parent in Georgia is to attend an Information Session to get additional information regarding the children served as well as the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
The foster care and adoption process requires a thorough assessment of prospective families. They should be able to meet their own basic needs, they can be single or married and may own or rent their home. In addition, they must meet established requirements like:
- If single, at least 25 years of age and at least 10 years older than the child
- If married, at least 10 years older than the child
- Criminal records check
- Home safety checks
- Medical examination
- Drug screen
- Georgia driver’s license if in GA (requirement for foster parents only)
- Completion of a two-hour Information Session
- Completion of 23-hour pre-service training
- Completion of a home evaluation
The prospective foster families should attend a 23-hour pre-service training called IMPACT, an acronym for Initial Interest, Mutual Selection, Pre-Service Training, Assessment, Continuing Development and Teamwork. During this training, families are provided with information on many topics to help them understand the Division of Family and Children’s Services’ role in working with birth families, the roles and responsibilities of foster and adoptive parents, and the effect of abuse and neglect on children and their families. The approval process is one of mutual decision making.
Home Evaluations are completed for all prospective foster and adoptive families. This evaluation includes documentation that the family meets all of the above requirements. During this process, the case manager will make at least two home visits to gather additional information and to assess the home safety requirements.
Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing adoption and foster care services and helpful information.
Georgia DHS, Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)
The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is the part of Georgia Department of Human Resources that investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for abused and neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help troubled families.
Some of the Division’s foster care services include Parent Aide Program, Early Intervention Program, Homestead Program, Prevention of Unnecessary Placement (PUP) Program.
Suite 29.250 Two Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142
Georgia Center For Resources & Support
The Georgia Center for Resources and Support is a statewide project funded by the Georgia Department of Human Resources and presented by Families First and Bethany Christian Services. The goal of the project is to increase resources and supportive services for adoptive and foster families and reduce the incidence of disruption in Georgia.
GACRS provides services like Regional Resource Advisors for resource referrals and support, literature and videos covering a variety of adoption, foster care, parenting and child development issues available to adoptive families, foster care families and professionals, Adoptive and foster care parent support groups and forum, adoption and foster care activities (Families Together), training and Computer Interactive Response.
1105 West Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
A Adoption Advocates of Georgia, Inc.
A Adoption Advocates of Georgia Inc. is a 501(c), non-profit, licensed child-placing agency that provides professional and affordable adoption services for Georgia residents seeking a domestic or international home study, post-placement services, or adoption related counseling services.
In addition to working with adoptive families throughout metro-Atlanta, the agency has adoption caseworkers in North Georgia, Middle Georgia, South Georgia and the Coastal Regions of Georgia.
7199 Dunhill Terrace, NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (770) 778-2751
AAA Partners In Adoption
AAA Partners In Adoption is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization licensed by the state of Georgia. The agency provides services to both birthmothers and adoptive families.
5665 Highway 9
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
Phone: (770) 844-2080
Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc.
Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. is a licensed child-placing agency through the state of Georgia that specializes in pre-adoption and post-adoption services including Domestic Home Studies, International Home Studies, Embryo Home Studies, Post-placement reports, and Court reports.
Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. is the first and only Agency in Georgia to receive the All Children – All Families Seal of Recognition from the Human Rights Campaign. The Human Rights Campaign’s All Children—All Families initiative provides a comprehensive framework for agencies to establish policies and practices that welcome, support and affirm LGBT foster and adoptive parents.
1050 E. Piedmont Road
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone: (770) 919-9801
Cell: (678) 860-0849
America World Adoption Association
America World Adoption Association is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) corporation that supports families in every step of the adoption process.
America World offers international and domestic adoption programs and also helps families with the adoption of older children and children with special needs through their Waiting Children programs.
2170 Castle Royale Drive
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043
Phone: (800) 429-3369
AmericanKidz Adoption Services
AmericanKidz is a full service adoption agency licensed in South Georgia as AmericanKidz of Georgia.
The agency provides services in areas, such as:
• Consultation and Education
• Home Studies
• Post Placement Services
• Assistance and Referral for Training Classes
• Assistance with Background Screenings
• Assistance in matching you with a Child who is right for your family
• Referrals for Community Services
• Consultation and Education
106 West Lamar Street
Amercus, GA 31709
Benchmark Family Services
Benchmark Family Services provides therapeutic foster care in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky & Texas. Benchmark’s mission is to provide stable and caring placements for youth in need of out-of-home care by providing and coordinating programs and services in cooperation with referring child welfare agencies.
Benchmark provides therapeutic foster care to youth in need by contracting with referring agencies to place in their foster homes. They recruit and train a network of professional foster homes ready to take in youth at a moment’s notice and support these homes with on-going training, 24/7 on-call availability, financial reimbursement and professional support staff.
4389 West Maysfield Drive, Suite 100
Augusta, GA 30909
Phone: (706) 868-7200
9478 Winding Way Lane
Jonesboro, GA 30238
Phone: (770) 210-8745
82 Buckingham Place, Suite C-1
Brunswick, GA 31525
Phone: (912) 262-2777
2090 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 135
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Phone: (770) 338-0800
506 Manchester Expressway
Building B, Suite 4
Columbus, GA 31904
Phone: (706) 405-4256
4931 Riverside Drive,
Building 200, Suite A
Macon, GA 31210
Phone: (478) 405-2005
Bethany Christian Services
Bethany Christian Services of Georgia is a licensed, accredited adoption agency providing older child adoption, domestic infant adoption, and intercountry adoption, foster care, Safe Families, interim care, pregnancy counseling, post-adoption support, and clinical services.
Bethany’s Foster Care program provides temporary care for children with the ultimate aim of reuniting them with their biological family. Foster parents can be couples or single adults over the age of 21 who are committed to providing a loving home for children and provide them with ample space to grow. Bethany supports foster parents through orientation, hours of training on child development, and helpful resources and offers them ongoing supervision and support visits by a trained Bethany caseworker, plus regular educational training and support meetings, 24-hour crisis intervention services, and respite care as needed.
6645 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (770) 455-7111
Care4All Children Services, Inc.
Licensed by the State of Georgia through the Department of Human Services – Office of Regulatory Child Care Care4All Children Services, Inc. provides placements and social services to children in foster care. They recruit, train and recommend families to Office of Provider Management (OPM) for approval in order to obtain a license to foster children in their homes and then provide follow up social services to ensure that the basic needs of the children and parents are met.
Their Foster Care program is the placement of children in certified therapeutic foster care homes. Treatment Foster Care involves placement of children with foster families who have been specially trained to care for children with special medical or behavioral needs.
896 Legacy Park Drive, Suite 101
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Childkind is a focused agency serving children with special health care needs or developmental disabilities and their adoptive, biological, foster, or host families. It strives to empower families caring for children with special healthcare and developmental needs, promoting safe, stable, and nurturing homes.
Childkind offers a continuum of services. It provides foster care, permanency planning, and host home placement through its Placement Services program and Supportive Care Coordination, Family Support Services, and Advocacy & Training with its Home Base Services program.
3107 Clairmont Road, Suite A
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
Phone: (404) 248-1980
Community Connections is a domestic nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, licensed as a Child Placing Agency to provide foster and adoptive homes and supportive services for children who are in the temporary legal custody of DFCS in Georgia. Children served are from the ages of newborn to 21 years, and may have a range of medical, emotional, behavioral, and educational needs.
Services provided include:
- Orientation for foster family applicants
- Pre-service training for foster family applicants
- Home study of the foster family applicants
- Pre-placement services for the foster care placement
- Supportive services during the foster care placement for foster parents, birth families, relatives, and DFCS Case Managers
- Supportive services during the transition from foster care to an adoptive placement
- Ongoing support services for foster and adoptive parents
- Ongoing trainings for foster and adoptive parents
2300 West Park Place Boulevard
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087
Phone: (770) 465-9644
Covenant Care Services
Covenant Care Services is a state licensed, non-profit Christian adoption agency providing adoption services to women, children and families in Georgia. The agency’s State Administrative Office is in Macon, and they have staff strategically located throughout Georgia.
3950 Ridge Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31210-5002
P.O. Box 212382
Augusta, GA 30917
337 South Milledge Ave., Suite 113
Athens, GA 30605
P.O. Box 13055
Savannah, GA 31416
P.O. Box 941452
Atlanta, GA 31141
Crystal Adoptions is a fully licensed, 501(c)3 non-profit domestic adoption agency located in Georgia with sister offices in UT, FL and PA.
Crystal Adoptions offers adoption services, including Home studies in Georgia, Domestic Adoption, Adoption Counseling, Family Education & Support, as well as help and counseling for Birth Moms.
990 Peachtree Ind. Boulevard
Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Phone: (844) 366-7783
Families First is a Child Placing Agency providing foster care, foster to adopt, and adoption services including orientation, IMPACT training, home study assessments, matching and placement services, post-placement supervision.
Families First is committed to providing safe and temporary homes for children in Georgia’s foster care system. The staff provides foster families with the additional resources they need to be successful including: free training, support services and 24-hour access to their Case Specialists.
1105 W. Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 853-2868
GCAC of Georgia
GCAC of Georgia, “Giving Children A Chance” is a private child placement agency licensed by the Georgia Department of Human Services – Office of Regulatory Services as both a Foster Care Agency and an Adoption Agency. They provide foster care and adoption services throughout the state of Georgia working closely with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services to ensure children are placed in safe, nurturing homes which promote permanency and well being for Georgia’s children.
To help their parents succeed as professional foster parents GCAC of Georgia offers services including a dedicated staff of professionals to offer support and encouragement, networking, support and training through bi-monthly Parent Support Groups, free ongoing training in child development, discipline and attachment, paid respite days, etc.
11805 Northfall Lane Suite 803
Alpharetta, Ga. 30009
Home Adoption Studies, Inc.
Home Adoption Studies, Inc. is licensed in the State of Georgia as a 501c3 non-profit child placing agency aiming to help adoptive families with home study and post placement visits needed before and after adoption, and assisting them with information and training on the adoption process.
Home Adoption Studies services include:
- Domestic Home Studies
- Couples and Single Parents
- Embryo Adoption Home Studies
- Second Parent Adoption Home Studies
- Post Placement Reports
- Child Placing Services
PO Box 1490
Dacula, GA 30019
Independent Adoption Center
IAC is the largest, oldest, and most experienced open adoption agency in the country, facilitating adoptions in 49 states, and fully licensed not only in Georgia, but also in California, Connecticut, Florida,, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, and Texas.
As a nonprofit organization IAC focuses on counseling and support and is committed to providing both birthparents and adoptive parents with the most comprehensive counseling support available.
The services IAC offers include:
- Professional counseling and support groups for birthparents during the open adoption process and after placement—including grief and loss counseling.
- Professional counseling and support groups for adoptive parents during all phases of the process.
- Adoptive parent home studies and updates.
- Birthparents relinquishments.
- Post-placement supervision.
- Interstate compact work for out-of-state birthparents.
- Finalization reports six months after birth.
- National, regional and local community outreach and advertising, directed towards birth parents, social service professionals and other referral sources.
2060 E Exchange Pl
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (404) 321-6900
Lifeline Children’s Services
Lifeline Children’s Services is a full-service adoption and orphan care ministry, serving families and children in the United States and around the globe. They aim at providing a hope and a future through the Gospel for vulnerable children around the world by discipling, engaging and equipping the body of Christ towards adoption, foster care, orphan care and support.
They provide support both in domestic and international adoptions, post-adoption, as well as foster care and crossings (an interactive training intended to help prepare and equip families for the joys and challenges that come with the journey of international adoption.)
Lifeline partners with other local agencies, churches, and the Department of Human Resources and child welfare departments to recruit, train and license foster families for children in the foster care system.
PO Box 490995
Atlanta, GA 30349
Lutheran Services of Georgia
Lutheran Services of Georgia (LSG) is one of the largest non-profit providers of foster care services in the state of Georgia that specializes in placing at-risk and special needs children in quality, highly trained, specialized foster care homes and partnering with the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) ensures the safety, permanency, and well-being of children.
LSG’s Specialized Foster Care program primarily serves children (aged 0-21,5) who have medical, emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges and who are in the custody of DFCS, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and other inter-state agencies with placing authority.
LSG also provides a thorough training program for Foster Parents who are supported by the program staff 24-7. In order to become a foster parent prospective foster parents must attend an orientation session, then complete the pre-service trainings, all of which are free-of-charge. Finally, a thorough home study and safety assessment is conducted on every prospective foster parent.
100 Edgewood Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3066
Phone: (404) 875-0201
Neighbor To Family, Inc.
Neighbor To Family provides its services based on their mission to revolutionize foster care by keeping siblings together while building healthier families and stronger communities.
Their programs include:
Sibling Foster Care – Neighbor To Family’s signature service provides evidence-based, specialized foster care to sibling groups. Special emphasis is given to achieving permanency goals for children within 12 months of placement.
FIRST (The Family In-Home Resource & Support Team) – FIRST is the agency’s innovative prevention and diversion program with the ultimate goal to preserve family unity and promote the safety and well being of children and their families by providing intensive, family-centered, strength-based and solution-focused services in the homes of families in crisis.
FIT (Family Intensive Treatment) – the agency’s Daytona Beach’s Family Intensive Treatment (FIT) program aims at providing intensive, team-based, family-focused, comprehensive services to families in the child welfare system with parental substance abuse.
220 S. Ridgewood Ave., Suite 260
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Omni Visions, Inc.
Omni Visions, Inc., is a multi-state placement agency with services for adults and children. Focusing on family, the agency strives to provide each individual and each family a community support system to facilitate and inspire growth and development and ensure the ongoing operation of a positive family system.
Their Therapeutic Foster Care is a home-based program to provide children in need of intensive support, supervision, and personal intervention with support services like psychological counseling, behavior management support, crisis intervention, respite care, foster parents, tutoring, transportation support, mentoring and friends.
1020 Chattanooga Ave., Suite A
Dalton, GA 30720
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Nancy Mason, Regional Director)
Options 4 Adoption, Inc.
Options 4 Adoption, Inc. is licensed in the State of Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee as a non-profit child placing agency focusing solely on preparing the adoptive family’s home study report and follow-up post placement visits.
Options 4 Adoption services include Domestic Home Studies, International Home Studies, Post Placement Reports, and Counseling.
5957 Henley Drive
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Ray Of Hope Foster Care Inc.
Ray Of Hope Foster Care Inc. specializes in dealing with behaviorally challenged children and teens striving to house them in stable and nurturing living conditions under the guidance of specially trained and qualified foster parents.
The agency provides unique and innovative programs and family-centered and strength-based services. They recruit foster parents who are specifically interested in fostering teenagers, and they receive training that specifically deals with behaviorally challenged teens. They must be 25 or older, state-mandated, complete an orientation with the agency, complete IMPACT Pre-service Training, successfully pass criminal background and and fingerprint check and be financially stable.
4405 Mall Blvd Ste 135 C
Union City, GA 30291
Phone: (770) 306-5144
The Adoption Authority
The Adoption Authority, Inc. is a recognized 501c3 organization and licensed child placing agency in the states of Florida and Georgia.
The agency services include:
- Adoption application and pre-screening Services
- Providing home study and home study updates for families living in Florida and Georgia
- Matching you with a potential birth mother
- Military families adoption services
- Website profiles of potential adoptive parents for birth mothers to review
- Adoptive parents post-placement visits
- Unplanned pregnancy and birth mother assistance
2487 Demere Road; Suite 500
St.Simons Island, GA 31522
Phone: (800) 747-5145
Uniting Hope 4 Children
Uniting Hope 4 Children is a faith based non-profit that recruits, trains, and encourages foster families through partnering with local churches and recruiting Banner Families, consisting of 1 Foster Family, 1 Respite Caregiver, and 1 Babysitter.
They offer the following services to their families:
CPR/First Aid Classes
Clothes closet / Baby items
Meals to go
Date night opportunities with free approved childcare
Bible Study opportunities for moms/dads/children
1949 Highway 81 STE 30
Loganville, GA 30052
611 Telfair Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: (678) 585-4686