Texas Family Code, Title 5, Chapter 162, deals with all aspects of adoption. The State of Texas has stringent rules, but they are to protect all those involved and to make it essentially impossible for the biological parent to reclaim the child. Potential adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old, financially stable, and responsible mature adults; additionally, they must complete a home study. The steps in a Texas adoption include: filing an application for adoption, submitting to a background check for the prospective parents, providing the court with financial statements proving stability and ability to care for a child, providing proof of marriage, submitting to a home inspection, and ensuring any and all biological parental rights are terminated.
If a baby is placed in a home in Texas, the adoption process cannot be completed and a final order of adoption will not be issued until the child is at least two years old. No adoption of a child of any age is final until the child has lived in the home for a minimum of six months.
Adoption Matters We Handle
- Stepparent adoption: A stepparent becoming the official parent of their stepchild. This is one of the most common types of adoption.
- International adoption: Many international locations have become popular home countries of internationally adopted children.
- Private adoption: If you are considering adopting a child through independent (or private) adoption, you will need to find a birth mother who is willing to place her child up for adoption.
- Special needs adoption: Adoption of a child with special needs comes with a separate set of requirements, including the child being at least six years old and having a verifiable physical, mental, or emotional disabling condition as established by an appropriately qualified professional through a diagnosis that addresses: (a) what the condition is; and (b) that the condition is disabling.
- Relative adoption: Adopting a relative includes formally adopting a grandchild, niece, nephew, or other relative as your own child.
- Same-sex couple adoption: We help same-sex couples with surrogacy contracts and the adoption process for a non-biological parent.
Brazoria County Adoption Lawyers
If all steps in the adoption process are not handled according to the law, it could lead to your adoption being declared invalid. Our goal is to help families avoid this painful scenario. Contact Terry & Roberts today to schedule a confidential consultation with a seasoned, knowledgeable Brazoria County adoption lawyer. We will help you every step of the way toward building the family of your dreams.