Helping You With The Texas Adoption Process
Adoption can be among the most joyful events that families can experience together. Every year, more than 100,000 children are legally adopted in this nation.
But adoptions are seldom simple and straightforward in our state.If you want to adopt a child, you will probably encounter some unexpected legal challenges, but a skilled law firm like Williamson Law Firm, PLLC, can explain the state’s adoption laws and guide you through the complicated legal adoption process.
Is Adoption Right For My Family?
When someone adopts a child in this state, that person is assuming legal parenthood and acquires the right to make decisions about the child’s education, health care and general well-being. Prospective adoptive parents must thoroughly comprehend the magnitude and gravity of the commitment they are choosing to make.
- Readiness for parenthood: It cannot be overstated; the first step in the adoption process is for the prospective adoptive parents to make genuinely certain that they are prepared and ready to commit to adoption and to parenthood. Although adoption clearly is one way to become a parent in this state, adoption is not for every family.
- Financial stability: All parents in the state of Texas are responsible under the law to support their children financially. Those who want to adopt children in Texas need not be affluent, but they must provide a safe home and a stable environment that enables a child’s psychological and physical health along with the child’s educational and social needs.
- Lifelong commitment: If you and your marriage partner adopt a child together, you both become parents with legal and financial parental obligations, and if you divorce or legally separate from your partner, your legal responsibilities to the child you’ve adopted do not end until that child becomes an adult.
Adoption entails substantial emotional, physical, mental and financial challenges. However, when it is the right choice for a particular family, the family members are almost always able to meet those challenges, and they consider their efforts well worth it.
Know The Three Types Of Adoptions
The law recognizes these kinds of adoptions:
- Stepparent adoptions and the adoptions of children related to the adoptive parent
- Domestic adoption, the adoption of a nonrelated child within the United States
- International adoption, the adoption of a nonrelated child from another nation
- Adult adoptions, under special circumstances
What Are “Open” And “Closed” Adoptions?
- Open adoptions are the adoptions that keep the lines of communication open among the biological parent or parents, the adoptive parent or parents and the adopted child.
- In a closed adoption, all records of the adoption are permanently and legally sealed, and a biological parent may not attempt to reach, harass or to interfere in any manner with the child or with the adoptive parents.
Whether you work through a domestic or international adoption agency or through the Texas foster care system, you’ll need the advice of a trustworthy, established Dallas adoption attorney. It is always possible that a birth parent, an attorney or a judge in the child’s nation of origin can unexpectedly disrupt or delay the process. Williamson Law Firm, PLLC, can make sure that you comply with every regulation so your adoption goes smoothly.
Beware Adoption Scams
Not all adoption agencies are professionally operated. Some couples have lost thousands of dollars to savvy con artists with plausible references and pictures of smiling children purportedly waiting to be adopted.
Seeking to adopt in Texas without an attorney or without the help of a reliable and established adoption agency may make prospective parents vulnerable to adoption fraud. Williamson Law Firm, PLLC, can protect your interests and make certain that every aspect of the adoption procedure is conducted ethically and in compliance with Texas state law.
Get Help With Every Step Of Adoption
When you are ready to begin the adoption process, Williamson Law Firm, PLLC, will be ready to help. To schedule a consultation where you can discuss adoption, contact our office in Dallas. You can call 469-385-3305 or send us an email.