Grandparents often play a vital role in the raising a child. And in some cases, the grandparent takes over in place of a mother or father and ends up raising a grandchild.
Grandparents typically step in when parents are unable or unwilling to care for the child because of death or disability. Sometimes the disability is the result of a drug addiction or mental illness or a combination of the two.
If the parent is unable to play a meaningful role in the child's life, adoption is often the best course of action for the child. For a grandparent to adopt a grandchild in Georgia, both parents need to terminate their parental rights.
The situation becomes more complicated when one parent is willing to give up parental rights and the other is not. In that case, the Court has to determine what is in the best interests of the child.
If the parents are prepared to give up their rights, grandparents may decide to adopt their grandchild. If married, both grandparents must participate in the petition to adopt the child.
The background paperwork is voluminous and is designed to protect the child and ensure that the grandparent who adopts the child is mentally, physically and financially able to care for the child.
Once the adoption is approved by the courts, the grandparent will have the same rights as the child's birth parents previously did.
me as the grandparents and the result will be a legally bound relationship.
If you are a grandparent considering adoption, your first step should be to consult with an experienced adoption attorney in Georgia.
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