Georgia post-adoption support

Below are post-adoption and guardianship support services available to families who live in Georgia. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support

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Post-adoption/guardianship support services

In Georgia, families have access to the following services through the state’s post-adoption service programs:

  • Child/youth assessment of needs and strengths 
  • Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.): This service is available to all adoptive families, including those who adopted outside of the state’s foster care system
  • Navigation, advocacy, referral to services: This service is available to all adoptive families, including those who adopted outside of the state’s foster care system
  • Birth family mediation and/or adoption search 
  • Peer support for parents 
  • Peer support for children/teens 
  • Mentoring for parents
  • Mentoring for children/teens
  • Case management
  • Training/other development
  • Education support/advocacy
  • Crisis services: Families at risk of disruption or dissolution are eligible for crisis intervention services. 

Who is eligible for these services?

Families who are receiving an adoption or guardianship subsidy from the state of Georgia. (Families who are receiving adoption or guardianship subsidies from other jurisdictions may be eligible for services on a case-by-case basis.)

Who provides these services?

Post-adoption services in Georgia are provided through contracts with multiple private agencies, each offering different services.

Provider Service provider Service area
Georgia Mentor Crisis intervention services Statewide
Family Matters, Inc. Support groups for adopted children and teens and an adoptive family training seminar conference Statewide
Reunion Registry Search services Statewide
Georgia Center for Resources and Support Information and referral services Statewide
Bethany ADOPTS Crisis intervention, parent and child support groups, individualized therapy, assessment Metro Atlanta counties

Parents can find updated information about available services online at dfcs.ga.gov and gacrs.org. Families can also contact a member of the adoption team at their local Child and Family Services (CFS) office.

Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the case. Please check with your state’s public agency about the availability of post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family.

Parent support groups

Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.

To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.

Statewide association

Adoptive and Foster Parents of Georgia

Parent groups

Adoption/Infertility Support Group
deb035@yahoo.com
Location: Woodstock

Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc.
julieb@attachtrauma.org
Location: Marietta
Region served: Atlanta

Bethany Christian Adoption Agency
wagonersatl@gmail.com
Location: Atlanta

Bloom Our Youth
Location: Fayetteville

Cherokee County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Location: Waleska

Christian Adoption Consultants
info@christianadoptionconsultants.com
Location: Canton

Douglas County Adoptive/Foster Parent Association
info@douglascountyfapa.org
Location: Douglasville
Region served: Atlanta

Early County Adoption Support Group
912-723-4331
Location: Blakely

Families First, Inc.
Location: Atlanta

Georgia Center for Resources & Support
debra.brown@gacrs.org
404-550-2537
Location: Atlanta

GRN Community Service Board
770-986-0760
Location: Lawrenceville

Lifeline Children's Services, Inc - New Beginnings
David.wooten@lifelineadoption.org
770-339-5019
Location: Roswell

Lowndes Area Adoption Support Group
912-241-9293
Location: Valdosta

Rockdale County Foster Parent Association Inc.
erin.embrace@gmail.com
Location: Conyers

The Open Door Adoption Agency, Inc.
walter@opendooradoption.com
Location: Thomasville

Upward Progression, Inc.
Intake@UpwardProgressionInc.com
Location: Barnesville

Wellroot Family Services
questions@wellroot.org
Location: Tucker