Waco Adoption Attorneys
What Is Required to Become an Adoptive Parent in Texas?
There are many logistical requirements and criteria to become an adoptive parent in the State of Texas; the most important, and yet unspoken, of which is that you are fully committed to becoming an adoptive parent. Our attorneys are happy to provide you with an overview of what to expect throughout the adoption process so that you can make an informed decision.
In Texas, the following are requirements for prospective adoptive parents:
- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You must be financially stable.
- You must complete an application to adopt.
- You must share your background and lifestyle information.
- You must provide references.
- You must provide proof of marriage or divorce (if applicable).
- You must complete a home study.
- You must submit a criminal and child abuse background check on all adults living in the household.
It is not necessary to be married in order to pursue adoption. Many single parents go through the adoption process with great success.
If you are thinking about adopting a child, call us to schedule your initial consultation, today.
The Adoption Process in Texas
Once you have decided on adopting, you must decide what type of adoption you wish to pursue. This can include adopting older children or infants, adopting domestically or internationally, and adopting with the intent of continued communication with the birth parent or not.
The process typically then unfolds like this:
- Choosing an adoption attorney or agency
- Completing a home study through the state or through an agency
- Interviewing with your caseworker
- Waiting for a call
- Being matched with a child
- Finalizing the adoption
Each step in the process can come with its own unique challenges. Our family law attorneys in Waco can help you navigate these issues and work towards achieving your goal of becoming an adoptive parent.
Contact Blanchard & Thomas for Personal Service
Adoption is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, the adoption process can be confusing, frustrating, and time-consuming. At Blanchard & Thomas, we have navigated that road many, many times with our clients. If you are looking to adopt a child, having a good lawyer who knows the process and can efficiently guide you through your case can take away your stress so you can focus on your family. We take great pride in helping prospective parents adopt happy children to complete their family. We can help you through every step of the process from the application to the day you take your new child home with you for the first time.
Our firm understands the frustrations that can arise in any legal process, but especially when the future of you and a potential addition to your family is on the line. We help you anticipate any problems and work through each step of the process in an informed way. Each of our attorneys has been recognized for their accomplishments and can be trusted to handle your case with diligence and compassion.
We play to win. While we cannot guarantee outcomes in any case, we always do our best to see that our clients come out on top. We want our clients to know without question that their success matters to us personally.
We play hard, we play fast, and we stick to the game plan. We work with every client to develop a strategy most likely to bring about their success. We work hard to ensure the strategy gives our client every advantage possible and their very best chance at success. We then implement that strategy as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We build our relationships upon a foundation of total honesty. Absolute honesty allows the client and the attorney to develop trust that will be absolutely critical to success in and out of the courtroom.
We make a commitment to communication. We begin and end many of our days communicating with clients. Our clients can count on us to return phone calls and/or e-mails within 24 to 48 hours except in emergencies or during announced absences from the office. We want our clients to know what we know and vice-versa. We want to ensure they can make informed decisions from start to finish.
While the attorney client relationship may not always result in friendship, we believe it should always result in mutual respect. We zealously advocate on our clients’ behalf whether we agree with their choices or not. We do not judge our client’s choices; we simply attempt to help them learn from them, live with them, and overcome them.
We serve at the clients’ pleasure. If for any reason whatsoever the client decides he/she is better off with a different attorney or law firm, we will respectfully and professionally do whatever we can to get the new attorney or law firm up to speed and ready to handle the case. We vow to never object to a client’s request to seek alternative counsel, and we promise to return 100% of any unearned advance payments.