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Can a Child be Adopted by a Grandparent/Relative?

Can a child can be adopted by a relative?

In general, the answer is Yes! Georgia provides a specific statute of law that allows a child to be adopted by a relative.Now, In a relative adoption, there are two ways that parental rights can be terminated. The simplest way is for a living parent to voluntarily and in writing surrender to that relative all of his rights to the child for the purpose of adoption.

However, it is not always possible in every circumstance to have parents execute a surrender of rights. So, the other way that parental rights can be terminated is if the parent, for one year or more without justifiable cause has significantly failed to (1) communicate or attempt to communicate in a meaningful, supportive, parental manner; or (2) has failed to provide for the care and support of the child as required by law AND the court finds that the adoption is in the child’s best interest. Then, the relative can petition the court to adopt the minor child without the surrender of parental rights.

In my experience, Grandparent adoptions are the most common type of relative adoption because more and more grandparents are raising their grandchildren within their homes.

For additional information on relative adoptions, contact me, Christina Campbell for a free initial consultation.

And remember: “One of the greatest gifts that you can give a child is a family.”

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