Welcoming a new child into your family is a major decision, and the adoption process can be complicated. To ensure that you are making the right choice and have a good understanding of what’s expected, we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about Texas adoptions.
If you do not see your question answered here, do not hesitate to reach out to our team at (210) 405-8315 to schedule a consultation.
What are the requirements to become an adoptive parent?
A prospective adoptive parent must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Be financially stable
- Complete an application to adopt
- Share background and lifestyle information
- Provide references
- Provide proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable)
- Have a completed home study
- Submit to a criminal background and child abuse checks on all adults living in the household
What is a home study?
You’ll need to find a licensed child-placing agency in Texas so that you can complete a home study. This is meant to determine whether your home is a suitable and safe place to live. The process varies from agency to agency, but it typically involves a series of meetings with a caseworker to discuss personal history and family lifestyle.
How much does adoption cost?
The cost of adoption depends on varying factors, including the kind of adoption you’re pursuing (e.g., domestic vs. international), the adoption agency, the attorney, court costs, travel expenses, and other fees. Adoptions are not cheap, but there are resources available to help with the costs, such as tax credits, loans, and grants.
Do you need to be married or own a home to adopt?
Adoptive parents can be either married or single. To the second point, while owning a home can be beneficial, it is not a requirement. As long as you can provide a safe, nurturing environment, renting is allowed.
How long does the adoption process take?
Most private domestic adoptions are completed within an average adoption wait time of 12 months. This involves completing the home study, training, finding the right match, and legal finalization.
Is there an age limit to adopt?
Although you must be 21 years old, there is no maximum age limit. Many older parents make wonderful adoptive parents because they have more free time and their finances figured out.
Do you need an adoption attorney?
Adoption is a beautiful thing, but you cannot forget that it is guided by laws and regulations. Not only can it be stressful to do this without a lawyer, but it could potentially lead to a misstep. Our role at Calfas Law Group, PLLC is to help families successfully complete the adoption process while providing crucial legal services.
If you are ready to begin the adoption process, our San Antonio family lawyers are here to extend their expertise. Reach out to us today by calling us at (210) 405-8315.