Neal & Wright LLC charges $220 per hour for work by its attorneys or a flat fee. Such fees or similar are not unusual.
Court filing fees
Filing fees in Georgia Superior Courts are usually around $210-$215.
Home investigation fees
Adoptive parents using a private or state agency will complete a thorough home study with the agency and will pay the agency directly for this service. The cost varies from agency to agency. In independent adoptions, adoptive parents must complete a pre-placement home investigation, which usually costs $1,500 or more. In both agency and independent adoptions, adoptive parents must also submit a post-filing court report, which usually costs $250 to $500 but may cost more. In stepparent and relative adoptions, the cost for the post-filing court report, if not waived, is usually $250 to $500 but may be more.
Criminal background check fee
With limited exceptions, adoptive parents are required to undergo criminal background checks. This may be part of the agency home investigation process. GCIC charges approximately $52 per person for electronic processing through the GAPS system. Some court systems do not use the GAPS system, and the cost varies.
Costs to support the biological mother
Adoptive parents using a private agency may pay some expenses to assist the biological mother, and these expenses vary. In independent adoptions adoptive parents may pay or reimburse only the medical expenses directly related to the mother's pregnancy and hospitalization for the birth of the child and medical care for the child.
Travel & lodging costs
Adoption may involve travel, especially when the child is from another state or country. These expenses vary widely from adoption to adoption.
Costs related to service & notice
If the state, a private agency, or an attorney does not obtain surrenders from the biological parents, costs for service and notice may include sheriff's service fees, statutory overnight delivery fees, publication costs, and Putative Father Registry search fees. The cost for sheriff's service varies, but is usually around $30 to $100. Statutory overnight delivery (for example, certified mail or Federal Express) costs may run from $5 to $50 depending on delivery location and how quickly the package must be delivered. Publication in the Atlanta metro area usually costs $90. Outside of the Atlanta metro area, publication costs vary greatly. The Georgia Putative Father Registry search is $10.
Cost for issuance of a new birth certificate
The fee for the Certificate of Adoption in Georgia is $25. If the child is over the age of one, there is an additional $10 fee. The $25 or $35 fee covers the first copy of the new birth certificate. Additional copies are $5 each if ordered when the adoption is final. Fees vary from state-to-state.
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