Sometimes adoption is something that a person desperately wants. In some cases, though, life circumstances create situations in which adoption is necessary. Perhaps a parent is incarcerated or dead or no longer wants to assume the responsibilities of being a parent. Adoptions may involve family members or children who are not related to the prospective adopter at all.
While adoption can be an exciting time for an adult, you need to know what to expect. The health and safety of the child is the top priority, so sometimes there are delays in the process to make sure the child is going to the right home. You need someone on your side to advocate for your rights.
If you’re ready and willing to care for a child until adulthood, understand the laws. The Webster adoption lawyers at the office of Scott M. Brown & Associates can help you through the adoption process.
Texas Adoption Law
Under Texas Family Code Sec. 162.001, an adult may petition to adopt a child in the state of Texas if both parents have terminated their parental rights or if one parent still has his or her parental rights and that person’s spouse is seeking adoption as a stepparent. If a person seeking to adopt is married, both spouses must petition to adopt jointly. However, a person does not need to be married in order to adopt a child.
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The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has certain requirements for adoptive parents. A person may be single or married but must be at least 21 years old, mature and financially stable. The person must complete an application and share information about their background and lifestyle. He or she must also provide proof or marriage or divorce (if applicable), provide references and perform background/criminal checks on all adults living in the household. The prospective adoptive parent must also agree to a home study (which all household members must attend) and attend a training session on issues concerning neglected and abused children.
Being an adoptive parent is a huge responsibility. Parents must provide permanent homes for children and provide for their short-term and long-term needs into adulthood. This includes physical, mental, emotional, cultural, social and educational needs, which vary depending on the child’s age.
Adoptive parents can choose to become foster parents as well to care for children who are not yet ready to adopt. The prospective adoptive parents will be forced to undergo an evaluation to determine if they are fit parents and able to care for a child until adulthood.
Are you ready for the responsibility of adoption? Get the process started by contacting the Webster adoption lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates.
Are You Considering Adoption?
Adopting a child is a huge decision. The process is complex and expensive. Make sure you have legal representation to avoid pitfalls and delays.
If you’re serious about the adoption process, show how serious you are by hiring the Webster adoption lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates. We keep your best interests in mind while focusing on your success. To see how we can help you, contact us today at (281) 612-8241.