Have you and your spouse or partner considered adoption to grow your family in Texas? Now that the United States Supreme Court legalized LGBT or same-sex marriages, the option of adoption is more widely available than ever before. However, this does not mean that it has become any simpler. Adoption is a process that starts in the heart, but it ends with laws, legalese, and regulations. If you are serious about adoption, you should first know some of the nuances of Texas adoption laws.
Requirements for Adopters & Foster Parents
It is in everyone’s best interest to ensure that only certain people be permitted to act as foster parents. Giving such a huge responsibility to someone unfit or unready for it would only cause them hardship and harm the child’s development. To this end, Texas has outlined a series of prerequisites that must be met before an adult can adopt a minor.
If you want to adopt a child, you must meet the following requirements and more:
- 21 years of age or older.
- Some record of financial stability.
- Completed application for adoption.
- Background, criminal history, and lifestyle checks.
- Allow state agents into your home for observation.
Adoption Process in Texas
After you have double-checked that you do meet all of the adoption law prerequisites, you and your spouse can familiarize yourself more with the actual adoption process in Texas.
When you are ready to adopt, you may need to go through these steps:
- Attend a meeting to gain thorough information about adoption and adoption laws in Texas. You may be asked to turn in your adoption application and personal information at this time for the state to review your eligibility.
- If you are approved to become the adoptive parent of a foster child or orphan, then the state will notify you through mail and request that you attend a meeting with an agent from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). At this meeting, your final approval will be given or not.
- Attend a PRIDE Training course to learn about children available for adoption in your area, and more about what it means to commit yourself as an adoptive parent. PRIDE courses may last dozens of hours overall.
- Allow a DFPS caseworker into your home to observe your family, household, and so forth. You should expect to be interviewed in detail by the caseworker.
- Be paired with a child if all four previous steps are completed to satisfaction.
Houston Adoption Attorneys Here to Help
Boudreaux Hunter & Associates, LLC happily assist Texas families through the adoption process. We have helped many people just like you grow their family, spread their love, and enter a great new chapter of their lives thanks to adoption. We are proud to say that we extend our services to same-sex married couples who may just be learning about their rights to adopt.
Talk to us about legal guidance through adoption by contacting our firm today.