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Texas Adoptions

 Posted on July 15, 2013 in Adoption

Rigs Dropbox photoAdoption plays a significant part in the life of Texas families. Adoption creates a parent-child relationship between the child and the adoptive parents for all purposes. Once the adoption is finalized, the adopted child is entitled to inherit from and through the adoptive partners as though the child were their biological child. Obviously, the opposite also holds true. That is, once the adoption is finalized, the adopting parent is responsible for the adopted child as though the child were their biological child. This means that in cases of divorce, the parent may be responsible for things like child support and other costs.

Texas has some specific requirements before an adoption can proceed. The child has to be residing in the state, and the parent-child relationship with the original biological parents is terminated (or in the process thereof). The Texas adoption statute provides for some additional scenarios where adoptions are possible.

Qualified adopting parents commence an adoption by filing a petition, which must meet certain prerequisites. In connection with the adoption, relevant agencies will conduct a pre-adoptive home screening and post-placement report.

In cases where there adopting parent is not a close relative, the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services must compile a report on the health, social, educational, and genetic history of the child to be adopted. In addition, the Texas statue requires a criminal history report for the adopting parent (with some exceptions).

Before an adoption is finalized, the adopting parent must show that they have resided in the same residence for at least six months. Lastly, absent any attacks by other parties, the adoption will become final.

Adoption law plays an important role in ensuring the quality of family life of adopted children. At the same time, it has specific requirements that, unless met, may create issues down the road. If you are thinking about adopting, you should consult an experienced Texas family law attorney.

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