Am I Ready for Adoption?

If you think you might be ready for adoption, you should seriously consider the following information:

As Houston Divorce Now knows, the adoption process in Texas can be quite lengthy, which is why it is a good idea to have a family lawyer help you through the process. Before automatically diving into the adoption process, you should know about eligibility requirements, what type of adoption you are interested in, and picking an adoption agency.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for adoption in Texas are a little different than some other states.

  • 21 Years or Older – You must be at least 21 years old to adopt in Texas. If you are younger than this, remember you can have a few more years to think about adoption before you actually are ready to go through with it.

  • Financially Stable – Although this seems like a given, you and possibly your spouse needs to be ready for the financial commitment of a child. A steady income shows adoption agencies a level of accountability.

  • Complete the Application – Make sure to complete the application for adoption!

  • Provide Background and Lifestyle Information – Background and life style are important for adoption agencies to know about so they can tell if you would be a good parent.

  • Show References – Make sure to pick references that can provide helpful information about you that adoption agencies can better understand your way of life.

  • Must Show Proof of Marriage or Divorce – This is obviously not applicable to everyone, but if you have gotten married or divorced, you must show proof.

  • All adults in the household must submit a criminal background and child abuse check.

Types of Adoption

If you know you meet the requirements above, you next should think about what type of adoption you are interested in. By knowing what type of adoption you want, this helps you narrow down choices for what adoption agency you go with. Here are some things to think about:

  • Age range you are interested in adopting

  • If you want to adopt domestically or internationally

  • Whether or not you want to interact with birth parents

Picking an Adoption Agency

When picking an adoption agency, you need to pick one that most aligns with your current lifestyle and how comfortable you will be with their specific processes. Every agency is completely different, including success rates, the types of adoptions they specialize in, and their costs. Here are some factors to consider when researching adoption agencies:

  • Time

  • Disruption Rates

  • Costs

  • Hidden Fees??

  • Financial Protection

  • Education

  • Guidance

While these are only some factors to consider, you really need to invest time in researching what adoption agency you would like to go with. Having a family lawyer already can help you find an adoption agency that fits your needs as well.

To find out more about adopting and the process, get in touch with a trusted family lawyer today. C.Y. Lee Legal Group is here to help families grow their family, and follow all guidelines and restrictions.

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