Between September of 2018 and August of 2019, more than 6,000 children were adopted in Texas — a record-breaking number the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services hasn’t seen before.
From same-sex couple adoptions to adoption by a single or unmarried person, we’re committed to helping all people achieve their dream of becoming parents.
Domestic Infant Adoption
If you want to adopt a newborn, you’ll likely want to pursue a domestic infant adoption. During this process, an American-born baby is placed for adoption by his or her birth parents — both of which give up any legal rights to the child.
Texas offers two distinct types of infant adoption:
- Closed adoption: Throughout a closed adoption, birth parents and adoptive families will have little-to-know interaction with each other or even share identifying information. Traditionally, all communication goes through an agency to ensure anonymity.
- Semi-open adoption: In a semi-open adoption, both parties share basic information with one another, including medical history and home state.
- Open adoption: Over the years, adoption trends have shifted from closed to a spectrum of “open.” Today, roughly 90 percent of adoptions in America are considered open. That being said, there’s no one type of open adoption — these can be customized to fit each parties’ needs and create a mutually beneficial arrangement for everyone.
Foster Care Adoption
Children are placed in foster care for a number of reasons, including abuse, neglect, and abandonment. While in temporary custody of the state, they’re placed with families who can care for them in the short or long-term.
Today, roughly 50 percent of children in foster care return to their biological parents. For those who don’t, relatives and foster parents are able to adopt them after a certain period of time, a home service evaluation, and several other formalities.
If you’re considering an international adoption, the process will largely depend on which country you adopt from, as each country has its own set of rules and regulations adoptive parents must follow.
Considering adoption? Contact Andrae Law
The adoption process is just that — a process. From creating a Petition for Adoption to requesting a home study provider be appointed, Andrae Law PLLC will ensure your growing family is cared for and protected. And should you need one, we’ll also help you obtain a new birth certificate.
To learn more about our adoption services, give us a call at (512) 668-7133.