Adoption and Foster Care Process - Getting Started

Inquiry

Call us at 706-316-2421 or complete an online inquiry form. The staff of All God’s Children can provide more information about the children we serve and other questions you may have.

Orientation

Attend an informational orientation meeting here at All God’s Children. Orientations are held the first Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. All God’s Children also works with Gwinnett County families who have attended a Gwinnett County DFCS orientation (held monthly, usually the second Monday of the month).

Application

You may submit your Application any time after you receive your information packet in the mail or at an Orientation meeting. When your completed Application is received, our director will review the application and you will be contacted about next steps in the process.

Training

Pre-service training is required for all families prior to approval to adopt or foster. The training allows prospective parents to explore adoption and foster care issues and learn more about parenting children with a history of trauma and loss. The training is offered throughout the year, usually on weekends. The training is provided at no charge to families. Please contact All God’s Children to find out when the next training is scheduled.

Ongoing training is required for adoptive and foster families. All God’s Children will assist you with opportunities for training on a variety of topics.

Home Study

A caseworker will meet with you and your family to complete your family assessment or homestudy. Required documentation you must provide includes physical exams, drug screens, criminal background checks, verification of marriages and divorces, and proof of income, as well as personal references. The interview process is a chance for the caseworker to learn about you and your family while you learn about the children needing homes. A homestudy document is written at the end of the training and assessment process. It describes your family and your abilities to parent adopted or foster children.

Adoption Matching

Your family assessment will be presented to social workers throughout Georgia. The time it takes for a placement will depend on many factors including your skills and experience and your openness to the children who are waiting. You will be notified of adoption events throughout the year that you can attend to meet and learn more about specific children. All God’s Children will obtain as much information as possible about children so that you can make an informed decision about moving forward with a child.

Foster Care Matching

Your family assessment is entered into a database of approved foster parents in Georgia. Due to the large numbers of children entering the foster care system, you may be able to start fostering very quickly. Every effort is made to place children with families that are well suited to meet their needs. Limited information may be available about children who are just coming into foster care.

Placement and Beyond

Your assigned caseworker will maintain close contact with your family after placement and will offer assistance, guidance and support. All foster children are seen twice monthly. Visits with adoptive families continue up until the child’s adoption is finalized, usually about six months after placement.