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Adoption FAQ

Who is eligible to adopt?

If you are single, you must be at least 25 years old and at least 10 years older than the child you wish to adopt. Married couples must also be at least 10 years older than the child they wish to adopt. Families need only enough money to cover their own living expenses. You do not have to own a home to adopt. You can be divorced, single or widowed. Please note that CHRIS Adoption Services is only licensed to work with families who are residents of the State of Georgia.

What is the cost to adopt through CHRIS Adoption Services?

There are no fees to adopt a child through CHRIS Adoption Services. The only costs the family will incur are for criminal background checks, attorney fees and travel to meet their child.  Many of these costs may be eligible for reimbursement through federal and/or state programs.

How old are the children that need homes?

The agency only places children legally free for adoption through the foster care system. The majority of the children in need of families are over the age of six and are part of a sibling group needed to be placed together.

How many children has The Giving Tree found permanent homes for?

The Giving Tree has placed over 250 children into permanent, loving and stable homes since 1998.

How long does it take for a child to be placed into my home?

The adoption process can take anywhere from 8 to 12 months and is largely determined by the time required to complete all records requirements, criminal background clearances and court processing.

Where do the children come from?

All of the children that are placed into permanent homes through CHRIS Adoption Services have been removed from their biological homes due to abuse and/or neglect. They are in the permanent custody of the state and/or county foster care systems where they reside until an adoptive home is identified.

What can I do to help?

You can assist CHRIS Adoption Services by becoming an adoptive parent, volunteering or making a donation to the agency. Your help is also needed to create awareness of the need for adoptive families for the over 130,000 children orphaned through our country’s foster care system. Please visit Get Involved.

Listen to Our Families!

Program Director

Emily Thompson
Adoption Services Director
emily.thompson@chriskids.org
1976 Flat Shoals Road, Atlanta, GA  30316
Office: (404) 633-3383
Fax: 404-633-3348

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