The last time Georgia’s adoption laws were updated, pretty much no one except people with security clearances or the last name Gates were familiar with the internet. That year, 1990, State Senator Nathan Deal introduced some changes to the adoption code that would be signed by Governor Joe Frank Harris.

Some laws are okay not being changed for a long time with little impact. This does not seem to be the case with Georgia’s adoption laws. Georgia has approximately 12,000 children in the foster care system. The national average for an adoption from the foster care system to go through is 13.4 months. In Georgia, it’s 30.7 months. Many Georgia couples looking to adopt a child go outside of the state, made much easier by the aforementioned internet, and 700 kids age out annually from the foster care system. That means they’ve gone their whole lives without a real home and as a ward of the state. 

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