My question involves adoption law for the State of: Georgia
My son is 6 years old and his birth father has never wanted to have a relationship with him. He is not listed on his birth certificate, by his choice. I do know who he is but haven't spoken to him in over 4 years. He moved, leaving behind no return address and changed his phone number.
My son has an incredible father/son relationship with his stepfather. Can he adopt him in the state of Georgia without his birth fathers consent? Am I responsible for finding him to get that consent, if not?
How long does the average adoption process take? We were really hoping to have his name changed before he starts school.