Skip to main content

Debra Mcdonald Finch

Adoption Attorney at Athens, GA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Debra Finch, Debra M. Finch

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Debra

Learn Debra’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    60%
    state agency adoptions (DFCS); private agency adoptions; independent adoption; stepparent adoptions; second parent adoptions; adult adoptions; grandparent adoptions; relative adoptions; international adoptions/domestication of international decrees; guardianships; and ​termination of parental rights.

  2. Child custody
    40%
    Debra Finch often serves as Guardian Ad Litem in superior court custody cases, representing children in high conflict family law matters, including adoption, divorce and custody cases.

I am an experienced adoption attorney who has helped countless numbers of clients expand their families through adoption. Those families include  traditional and  non-traditional adoptive parents, single parents, couples, and foster parents. I handle all types of adoptions including state agency (DFCS) adoptions, private agency adoptions, independent adoptions,  stepparent adoptions, adult adoptions, grandparent adoptions, relative adoptions,  international/domestication of foreign decree, ICPC casees, guardianships, and termination of parental right actions. I also represent Birth Mothers considering adoption.  I am a Fellow with the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers.

In addition to my adoption practice, I am often appointed by Superior Court Judges to represent children in high conflict custody matters throughout the State of Georgia. I work with families and their attorneys to structure an outcome that is in the best interests of the children. I have been qualified as an expert and testified as an expert on numerous occasions in custody matters in the Superior Courts of Georgia.  I am a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children and the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children.

I devote a significant amount of time volunteering for organizations which advocate for the rights of children and provide support for children in need.  I am a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Athens Access to Justice Initiative.  I currently serve as the Chair of the Family Law Section for the Western Circuit Bar Association.

Photos and videos

Athens Access to Justice Initiative
Adoption Reform Bill signing at State Capitol. Rep. Bert Reeves pictured with members of Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers.
Radio appearance for Athens Access to Justice Initiative
Radio appearance for Athens Access to Justice Initiative
View more

Location

Debra M. Finch, PC
585 Research Dr Ste B
Athens, GA, 30605

Adoption lawyers nearby

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The protector you need
If I could give 10 stars, I'd give 11. Mrs. Finch's experience, knowledge, ethics and commitment are unmatched! She held our hand, dried our tears, and brought results. Tears in my eyes even now writing this review. The peace she has brought our family doesnt have a price. I can finally rest easy knowing those most precious to me are safe. Thank you Mrs. Finch and God bless you.
Read less
Posted by Samantha | May 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CHILD ADOPTION MADE SO EASY!
Mrs. Finch made our adoption process so easy and smooth! She was always there to answer any questions we had and help us understand what was happening through each part of our adoption process. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for these services!
Posted by Justin | May 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great all around!
Debra and Jennifer were better than I could have possibly imagined throughout our adoption. From the consultation to the finalization, Debra was extremely responsive and happy to answer any and all questions we had. She was very knowledgeable and detail oriented in her work, which was apparent during our court hearings. If needed again, Debra will definitely be my first call!
Read less
Posted by Allison | May 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Communication
Debra and her team were great! From the first call to the court appearance, she was confident and helped us navigate our adoption. She reassured us every step of the process and made it super easy for us. Wood definitely use her again!!
Posted by Susan W | May 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!!!
Debra and her staff was amazing to work with! They made our adoption the easiest process and most memorable one. Debra exceeded our expectations.
Posted by Shane | October 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome on every level!
If you are in need of an adoption attorney, then look no further, because Debra Finch and her staff are the best. Debra is very kind, hardworking, knowledgeable, organized and communicative. She made our adoption process very simple. She made herself available on weekends and holidays to get the necessary things related to our case done. Debra, Jennifer, and Lynn were always excellent at returning phone calls and emails within a small amount of time. They have gone above and beyond on every aspect of our case. Debra was highly complimented by hospital staff and others who had worked with her for the first time during our case.  We really appreciate Debra and her team!
Read less
Posted by GEORGE | November 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT ATTORNEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Best attorney I have ever seen. Debra helped us in an adoption out of Texas and I am so glad we hired her. Debra kept the process moving forward. Even with an attorney we had working for us in Texas she is the one who kept things on track thank god. Debra stayed in consent contact with us, updated us on everything and got us back home in Georgia. If you need and adoption attorney I highly recommend her. When you first meet her she seems like this down to earth person you feel comfortable with, an that she is but she is one of the (MOST) aggressive attorneys and knows what she is doing professionally. Debra treats you like a person and she really does have a great concern and care for children. I can't say enough about her that would convey how really good she is as an attorney. She is a lawyers lawyer she needs to teach other attorneys in my opinion. My wife and I will always be grateful for her help in adopting our son. Debra is one of those needle in the hay stack very hard to find in her field. Dedicated, kind , hard working. well I could go on, I think you got the point. THANKS DEBRA GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR DAUGHTER IN YOUR LIVES.
Read less
Posted by Mia | February 21, 2015
Trust worthy and informative
Debra explained the process to us right away. She kept us informed each step of the way. With a time line in hand we were able to relax for our adoptions. We completed 3 adoptions with Debra and lean heavily on her knowledge and know how. She is timely, open, and resourceful. You can't find a better attorney, especially if you're new to adoption.
Read less
Posted by Adrienne | February 18, 2015
Great help!
Professional, thoughtful, and provided the guidance I needed. Would highly recommend. Appreciate all Ms. Finch's hard work and persistence on my behalf.
Posted by Paige | February 14, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Would recommend her over and over again. She kept us informed every step of the way and went out of her way to help us. Received several emails that were sent at midnight. Not many attorneys will do that!
Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2015
Excellent lawyer, great outcome
I hired Debra to handle a very complicated adoption. she was GREAT! We felt like she had our backs the entire time. She was professional and worked hard to ensure a good outcome for our family.
View less reviews

Cost

We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Debra M. Finch
  • 1993 - Present

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Georgia State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Echols v. State, 222 Ga. App. 598 (1996)
  • Conviction reversed by Appellate Court
  • R.O.B., In Interest of, 453 S.E.2d 776, 216 Ga.App. 181 (Ga. App., 1995)
  • Trial Court reversed by Appellate Court

Associations

  • GEORGIA GUARDIANS AD LITEM, INC.
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • Western Circuit Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2021 - Present
  • Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Georgia Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Child Advocacy Section, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Western Circuit Judicial Bar Association
  • Member (former Treasurer & GAL Order Committee)
  • N/A
  • Family Law Section, Western Circuit Bar Association
  • Chairperson
  • 2017 - 2023
  • Athens Access to Justice Initiative
  • Organizer/Coordinator
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Pumpkin House for Children, USA, Inc.
  • Chairperson, Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Children First
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2012
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Publications

  • The Family Law Review
  • “Odd State Out: How Georgia’s Law on Child’s Right to Elect the Custodial Parent Compares with Other States” by John F. Lyndon and Debra M. Finch.
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia Family Law Institute
  • Working with the Guardian Ad Litem
  • 2015
  • Superior Court Judges Secretaries Seminar
  • Georgia Adoption Law
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (7)
Endorse Debra
Family Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Debbie is smart, thorough, trusted and respected by Judges and her peers, and has the perfect temperament for family law cases."
Family Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When there is a high conflict dispute involving child custody, you can't go wrong with Debbie as your GAL. She is a true advocate for the children and always willing to invest the time necessary to fully investigate the case before making a recommendation. Her reputation as a GAL and adoption attorney among attorneys and judges is unmatched."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I would highly recommend Debbie as an adoption attorney or any other family matter. She is an excellent advocate that gets the job done."
Athens Adoption Lawyer Debra Mcdonald Finch
Debra Mcdonald Finch
Adoption Attorney
Athens, GA
Licensed for 30 years