Adopting a child in Texas requires prospective parents to follow state-specific guidelines. The state has requirements for who can adopt and who can be adopted.
A child residing in Texas may only be adopted if:
- The parent-child relationship has been terminated or a suit for termination is joined with the suit for adoption
- The parent whose rights have not been terminated is presently the spouse of the petitioner and the proceeding is a stepparent petition
- The child is at least two years old, the parent-child relationship has been terminated with respect to one parent, the person seeking adoption has been a managing conservator or has had actual care, possession and control of the child for six months preceding the adoption or is the child’s former stepparent, and the non-terminated parent consents to the adoption
- The child is at least two years old, the parent-child relationship has been terminated with respect to one parent and the person seeking adoption is the child’s former stepparent and has been a managing conservator or has had actual care, possession and control of the child for a period of one year preceding the adoption
Individuals facing complex adoption issues may benefit from the assistance of a family law attorney who understands the best interests of the child and can guide the parties through adoption court.
A family attorney can guide you through the documentation process that you must submit to the Texas court. Prospective parents who are not related to the child must provide the court with documentation regarding their criminal histories. They must also provide proof that the child has resided with them for at least six months. The adoption process may include home studies by a social services agency and a lengthy court process.
From the initial consultation through the resolution of your case, I emphasize communication in order to keep you informed. If you have an adoption issue, call 972-369- 0577 to schedule a consultation.