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adoptionA home study is a required process for every adoption in the state of Georgia. Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. excels at guiding and supporting you through this process. There are several documents which applicants must obtain during this home study process, some of which include: background clearances, medical clearances, employment verification, birth certificates on all household members, marriage certificate/divorce decree/death certificates, etc. Please see Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc.’s detailed documentation checklist under the GETTING STARTED page for additional requirements of a home study.

All home studies (other than a Home Study Update or Subsequent Home Study) require 3 appointments and the compilation of documents, forms and background checks. One of the three visits with Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. must be completed in the applicants’ home. In addition, most home studies take approximately 6 to 8 weeks to complete barring there are no issues with the applicant’s obtaining and promptly submitting documentation requirements. Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. can work at the pace of the prospective adoptive family since much of the process relies on the speed at which the prospective adoptive family can complete all requirements for the home study process.

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

An interstate compact, or agreement, that has been enacted into law by all 50 states in the United States, and the District of Columbia, which controls the lawful movement of children from one state to another for the purposes of adoption. Both the originating state, where the child is born, and the receiving state, where the adoptive parents live and where the adoption of the child will take place, must approve the child’s movement in writing before the child can legally leave the originating state. This Compact regulates the interstate movement of both foster children and adoptive children. There are steps that you as an adoptive parent will need to take to streamline the process when adopting a child from another state. An adoptive parent will not be able travel home until they are approved to do so through ICPC.

This is a brief introduction of the services provided, please contact us if you have any questions. Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. will not discriminate as it pertains to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, gender, marital status, religion, and age.