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Austin, Texas Adoption Attorneys

Austin Texas Adoption Lawyers

For Help with Open Adoption, Closed Adoption and Agency Adoptions in Travis County

Adoption is a wonderful way to create or expand a family, but adoption can involve some complicated legal issues. In order to ensure a smooth adoption process, it's important to work with an attorney who is experienced in adoption law. At Powers and Kerr, PLLC, we work with individuals and couples seeking to adopt children of all ages. We are familiar with Texas adoption laws and requirements, and we help our clients work through the adoption process.

Experienced Legal Guidance Through the Adoption Process

There are several ways to add a child to your family through adoption. Attorney Bill Powers is experienced in working with all types of families seeking all types of adoptions. We can provide guidance for:

  • Open Adoptions – When the birth and adoptive parents meet before the adoption and remain in contact after the adoption.
  • Closed Adoptions – When both parties choose not to have contact prior to or following the adoption.
  • Agency Adoptions – Adoptions facilitated by a state owned or privately owned agency.
  • Independent (or Private) Adoptions – Adoptions that are not facilitated by an adoption agency and are primarily directed by the birth parents.
  • International Adoptions – Adoptions of children without U.S. citizenship involving obtaining a special visa for the child.
  • Interstate Adoptions – Adoptions involving children removed from a state other than Texas, which must comply with Interstate Compact laws.
  • Family Adoptions – Adoptions involving a relative of the child including stepparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and other relatives.

Contact an Experienced Adoption Lawyer in Austin, TX

In Texas, adoption follows the termination of parental rights of a birth parent or both birth parents. Termination can either be done voluntarily or involuntarily (as in the case of abuse or neglect). Once the adoptive parents file an adoption petition with the court, a social study will be conducted, during which a social worker will use a variety of criteria to evaluate the fitness of the adoptive parents. The adoption process can be lengthy and have many ups and downs. Our firm will work with you throughout the process and help you understand what is happening and what is required to move forward.

For more information on Texas adoptions and how we can help you, call 512-610-6199 or contact us today to discuss your case.

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