An adoption is a legal arrangement where parental rights are transferred from the natural or birth parents to the adoptive parents. The adoptive parents then become legally responsible for the child they adopt and they obtain all legal parental rights with regard to the child, as if the child were biologically born to them.
If you are in the greater Houston area and you are thinking about adopting a child or placing your child up for adoption, or you are facing a suit to terminate the parent-child relationship with your child, contact Houston Adoption Law Firm. for a consultation today. Our Houston Adoption Law attorneys are experienced with handling adoption and are ready to work closely with your family to achieve your adoption goals.
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There are several key aspects to the adoption experience that our attorneys can assist you with, whether you are a natural parent or a potential adoptive parent. These include:
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The adoption process in Texas consists of the following:
Pre-Adoptive Home Study - This is a report prepared by a licensed social worker with experience specific to adoption studies. The information collected during a home study helps the Court decide that an adoption is in the best interest of the child. This process is a very detailed review of the adoptive parents and includes the following: Interview of adoptive parents Verification of legal documents Letters of reference from friends and family Confirmation of finanical status Criminal history check Child abuse check
Termination of Parental Rights - Before a child can be adopted, one or both of biological parents' rights must be terminated. In Texas, this can be done voluntarily or involuntary under certain circumstances. Final Adoption - Once a termination has been completed and other requirements have been met, a judge will hear the final case and approve an adoption.
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