What Is the Adoption Process in Texas?

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Texas completes some of the highest number of child adoptions each year. There are a few laws and regulations that make the adoption process in Texas different from other states. We explore these differences below.

Adoption Requirements

Prospective parents can be single or in a couple and must:

  • be at least 21 years old;
  • be financially stable;
  • be responsible;
  • complete an adoption application;
  • share lifestyle and relevant background information;
  • provide references;
  • provide proof of marriage (if applicable);
  • have a completed home check; and
  • submit to a criminal background check.

If you’re able to meet the requirements mentioned above, you can officially move forward with the adoption process.

Factors of Adoption

You will have to consider many important factors when going through the adoption process. No two adoptions are the same and that is usually because every person and their situation is unique. Family type is an important factor in adoption; such as single parent, same-sex, or stepparent adoptions.

Other adoption factors to consider are:

  • interest in adopting an older child vs. an infant;
  • whether to adopt domestically or internationally;
  • interest in letting the birth parents keep communication open with your child or not;
  • interest in gender specific adoptions; and
  • if you are looking to adopt a child you currently foster.

Adoption Finalization

Once you have considered all relevant factors and a child has been placed with you, you must go through an adoption finalization, which can last for up to 6 months.

The adoption finalization process includes:

  • Completing ICPC: The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is paperwork that must be completed if you are adopting a child across state lines. You must stay in the state of adoption until the paperwork clears (about 7 to 10 business days).
  • Post-Placement Visits: A home study provider will visit your home (usually 5 times) to ensure the child is adjusting well to their new life with you.
  • Finalization Hearing: A judge will review the adoption to ensure the post-placement visits were completed, an ICPC was filled out (if applicable), and the birth parentss rights to the child have been terminated. This hearing cannot be completed until the child has been with their new family for 6 months.

Contact The Springer Law Firm

While it may seem like a simple or straightforward process, adoption can be incredibly difficult. For the best results, seek guidance from an experienced adoption attorney. We can help guide you through the entire procedure of adoption to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

Contact us online or give us a call at (281) 990-6025 for a legal consultation.

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