Adopting a child in Texas is one of the kindest things you can do. Therefore, you should know precisely what is required of you and how the process goes to make it easier for you. Here’s what you need to know.
Who is eligible to adopt a child?
According to Texas adoption laws, single, married or divorced people can adopt a child. However, there are factors that will make you eligible. They include:
- You must be 21 years or older
- If married or divorced, provide proof for this (if asked for)
- You must share some of your background particulars, including lifestyle information
- Complete a home study
- Complete adoption application
- Submit your criminal background history
- You must prove to be financially capable of raising a child
The process of adoption in Texas
If you meet all the requirements, you can start the process of adoption. The first thing you should consider is the type of adoption you want to pursue. This will depend on factors such as:
- Do you want to adopt a domestic or international child?
- Do you want to adopt an infant or an older child?
- Are you interested in keeping communications with the biological parents of the child?
After figuring out the type of adoption you want to take on, find the appropriate agencies to work with. If you are working directly with a parent, then they must sign an agreement waiving their parental roles and claim. Consult with an adoption attorney to help you through this process.
How long does the adoption process take?
The time it would take to adopt a child will depend on the type of adoption you are pursuing. Typically, if you are adopting through an agency, it would take approximately 2-3 months to screen and study your home, then some more time to find a prospective birth mother or the child mother, then a couple more months for placement and post-placement procedures. The foster care home study could take even longer.
Adoption can be daunting. But you should not worry or shy away from it because it can be easy and one of the best things you’ll ever do.