In Texas, making the decision to adopt is not only a happy decision but also a rewarding one as well. Not to deter but it is true, that there are quite a few steps to starting the adoption process in Texas. It is important to have a trusted team that can help and support you through the entire process. At C.E. Borman and Associates we can walk you through the steps of starting the adoption process in Texas and fully support you along the way.
There are several different ways to adopt and our attorneys can walk you through your options. Understanding the advantage and disadvantages of each option will help you make the decision that works the best for your family.
The Steps to Adoption in Texas
As you start the process of adoption in Texas is it important that you understand all the different scenarios that can happen and if these scenarios arise how to make an informed decision. Consent and contact with the birth parent is the most common thing to think about as you go through the adoption process. Your Texas adoption attorney will walk you through these other common concerns.
- What are the legal guidelines on an open or closed adoption
- What happens if the birth mother has second thoughts?
- Can a birth mother petition for rights in the future?
- What are the legal guidelines for adopting a child from a relative?
- What are the legal guidelines for the adoption of a foster child
Your attorney can help you to create a contract with the birth mother regarding your requests. You can meet with an adoption attorney in Texas before or after you have begun the adoption process in Texas.
How the adoption process works in Texas
Here are the general guidelines for adoption in Texas. Although there are a few differences in how the adoption process works. Especially when it comes to private adoption and adoption through the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
Information meeting and the general requirement for adoption in Texas
Before you begin the process for adoption in Texas you do need to meet these requirements;
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be financially stable
- Complete an application to adopt
- Share background and lifestyle information
- Provide references
- Provide proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable)
- Submit a background check
You will also have a meeting with your adoption agency or DFPS that will go over all these requirements and walk you through all the steps. At this meeting you will also be able to ask any questions you may have.
Complete a Texas training program
In Texas, you must complete a Texas training program. The first program is a 35-hour Parent Resource Information Development Education (PRIDE). This course provides instructions regarding the basics of childcare, along with specific considerations for each prospective adoptive parent.
As part of this course, prospective adoptive parents will also participate in three additional training and certification programs outside of the PRIDE program. Each training succession is designed to further educate the adoptive parents regarding meeting the needs of their adoptive child.
Complete a home study or home visit
You will also need to complete what is called a home study or home visit. A DFPS caseworker will meet with you in your home to review your personal history, lifestyle, experience caring for children, and many other factors designed to determine whether you are an appropriate candidate for adoption. Each member of your household, including other children, will be interviewed so that a complete picture of the prospective family unit can be developed.
Working with a Texas adoption attorney
Although this is a complex journey, it is also an exciting one. It is important that you have a trusted team alongside you to make sure you have thought out the entire process and worked through all scenarios, and that your family is protected from any future issues that may arise. We will work with you to answer all your questions and provide you with all the paperwork you will need to secure your adoption. Our adoption attorneys look forward to working with you on this journey.