Katy Adoption Attorney

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Considering adoption can be a wonderful thing for you and your family. Whether you are looking to adopt a child locally in Texas, nationally through an adoption agency in the United States, or internationally, you can rely on the dedicated team at Adams Law Firm to provide you with outstanding representation. Our team has the experience and capability to provide you with the assistance you need to ensure that your adoption proceedings are handled properly and that you can begin working toward officially expanding your loving family.

The Adoption Process in Texas

A Texas adoption becomes complete when a judge approves the adoption petition. The judge must find that the case meets the Texas adoption requirements and that it is in the best interests of the child. An adoption can include a name change for the child. Generally, Texas adoptions are confidential. Biological parents and adoptees can agree to release their personal information to a state registry if they wish to allow future contact.

Different Types of Adoption in Texas

There are numerous types of adoption in Texas. The required steps to finalize your adoption will depend on your situation and the kind of adoption you choose to pursue. The attorneys at Adams Law Firm can help you with any adoption that you are seeking, including:

  • Domestic Adoption of an Infant – Consenting birth parents may place a child for adoption with adoptive parents of their choice. You must match with a birth mother or birth family that wants to place their child up for adoption. The process of domestic infant adoption involves a home study and court approval.
  • Domestic Adoption of an Older Child – Adoption of an older child involves a detailed home study to show the appropriateness of the child’s placement in the adoptive home. In Texas, a child over the age of 12 must consent to their adoption. The exact process for domestic adoption of an older child depends on the circumstances leading to the adoption.
  • International Adoption – Rules for international adoption are specific to the country from which you are adopting. Both the country of origin and the state of Texas must finalize the adoption. There are essential steps to take to ensure that your adoption is official and that you have the necessary paperwork to transport your child to the United States. A petition for U.S. citizenship for the child is also required.
  • Stepparent Adoption – A stepparent adoption can occur when either parent is absent, loses their parental rights, or consents to the adoption. The courts can terminate the parental rights of a biological parent only in rare cases for specific reasons. The court may appoint an amicus attorney to investigate the case and offer an opinion about whether the adoption is in the best interests of the child.
  • Interstate Adoption Involving Texas – It’s common for an adoption to involve more than one U.S. state. When a child is adopted from one state and taken to another, both states must comply with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. An interstate adoption can involve waiting periods and extra paperwork, but working with an experienced Katy adoption lawyer can help you streamline the process.
  • Foster Care Adoption – Although foster care should not be looked at as a gateway to adoption, children who are in foster care may become available for adoption. Even if a child is already in a home for foster care placement, the adoption must still be approved by the court. There may be adoption assistance available to families adopting from foster care.

You can discuss your unique circumstances with your attorney to determine which kind of adoption is best for you and your family.

How Can an Attorney Help?

When you are considering adoption, our Katy adoption attorneys can greatly assist you in a number of ways. Our firm will ensure that all paperwork is properly completed and filed in a timely manner and swiftly handle any legal issues that may arise. An adoption attorney from our firm can also provide you with the necessary legal resources to ensure that your adoption contract is properly structured. Even if you have decided to work with an adoption agency to help you find a birth mother, an attorney may still be the best option for you and your family. With the guidance of our team, you can find the adoption counseling and post-adoption services you need and rest assured that the rights of both the birth parents and adoptive parents involved are protected.

This time in your life should be incredibly joyous, not filled with stress and anxiety. Allow our team to take some of the hassle off your hands by providing you with outstanding legal services for your case. When you are considering adoption – or if you are already involved with a birth mother or adoption agency – do not hesitate to contact our team. With the help of a Katy adoption lawyer, you can proceed with your adoption with minimal effort and worry.

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