Providing Adoptive Parents With Information About Adoptees and Their Birth Families - Georgia

Date: August 2020

Agency or Person Preparing the Report

Citation: Ann. Code § 19-8-16

A child-placing agency or any other independent agent appointed by the court shall have the duty to make a complete and thorough investigation and report.

Contents of Report About the Adopted Person

Citation: Ann. Code § 19-8-17

The report and findings of the investigating agency shall include, among other things, the following:

  • The circumstances under which the child came to be placed for adoption
  • The physical and mental condition of the child, as far as this can be determined by the aid of a competent medical authority
  • Whether or not the adoption is in the best interests of the child

Contents of Report About the Birth Family

Citation: Ann. Code § 19-8-23

Nonidentifying information regarding the adopted person's birth parents may be released to the adoptive parents. Such information may include the following:

  • The date and place of birth of the adopted person
  • The genetic, social, and health histories of the birth parents

When the Report Is Made

Citation: Ann. Code § 19-8-16

The investigation shall be completed prior to the date set by the court for a hearing on the petition for adoption.

Exceptions for Stepparent or Relative Adoptions

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.