- Georgia requires one trip of 3-4 weeks
- Parents must be 16 years older than the child they are adopting; USCIS requires parents be at least 25 years of age.
Travel and Time Frame
Adopting from Georgia is a one trip process about 4-6 weeks long.
Time between travel and referral is approximately 3-5 months
- Apply to Children’s House International’s Georgia Program
- Complete the Home Study Process with a CHI Social Worker or a Local Hague Accredited Social Worker
- Submit Approved Home Study
- Apply for I-800A Approval from USCIS
- Compile your dossier for Georgia
- Obtain Apostille seals for dossier documents
- Send your dossier to CHI to send to Georgia to be reviewed and approved by the Georgian Central Authority. Depending on what you are open to regarding the age, gender, and health status of a child, your referral times will vary.
- Once the Central Authority issues your referral families generally have the information reviewed by an international adoption doctor and have two weeks to make a decision whether to accept the referral.
- Once referral is accepted, both parents must appear in court unless a waiver is obtained.
- A decision letter will be issued after a two week wait. The court has the discretion to require a four week waiting period before the decree goes into effect. Parents may choose to stay in Georgia during that time while their paperwork is being completed or return when their documents are ready a few weeks later.
- After the child’s visa is issued, the family is allowed to travel home!
To view Georgia program fees and other costs, click here.