Adoption can be a very exciting, busy and long process without a good legal team on your side. A common outcome after a parent has voluntarily or involuntarily terminated their parental rights is adoption. You have someone in your life who loves your child as much as you do and wants to become their legal guardian. Below are some of the guidelines laid out in the Texas Family Code that we follow for the adoption process.
What is required during the adoption process?
We start by filing an Original Petition for Adoption, then pre-adoptive and post-placement social studies must be conductedThe court may not grant an adoption until the child has resided with the petitioner for not less than six months.
When can a child be adopted?
A child residing in this state may be adopted if the parent-child relationship as to each living parent of the child 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 for a stepparent adoption; the child is at least two years old, the parent-child relationship has been terminated with respect to one parent, the person seeking the adoption has been a managing conservator or has had actual care, possession, and control of the child for a period of six months preceding the adoption or is the child's former stepparent, and the nonterminated parent consents to the adoption.