Types of Adoption We Handle
At Andrae Law, PLLC we handle such adoptions as:
- Same-sex adoptions
- Interstate adoptions
- Step-parent adoption
- Grandparent or other family member adoption
- Adoption by a single or unmarried person
Understanding Adoption in Texas
Before an adoption can take place, the rights of the biological parents
must be terminated. Our team is experienced in handling both terminations
of parental rights and adoptions and may be hired at either step in the process.
In some cases, we will file both a Petition for Termination and a Petition
for Adoption simultaneously. Like the adoption process, there are several
steps in a termination suit as well. Depending on the county, the Court
may require that a Guardian ad Litem be appointed to represent the best
interest of the child and investigate the reasons for the termination/adoption.
If a biological parent has agreed to execute an Affidavit of Relinquishment,
the termination process may be uncontested. If a biological parent has
been absent from a child’s life for many years and cannot be located,
the Court would require the appointment of an attorney ad Litem for the
Talk to an Austin Adoption Lawyer About Your Case
The circumstances surrounding adoption and termination vary greatly depending
on the family. Our Austin adoption lawyers believe that every case is
unique, and we provide customized services to meet the individual family’s needs.
Some families want to adopt a biological family member (such as a grandchild,
niece or nephew), while other families may adopt from overseas, or from
the Texas Department of Protective and Family Services (more commonly
known as CPS or Child Protective Services). Whatever your situation, our
family law firm has the knowledge-base to expedite this process.
In addition to representing our own clients in their adoption cases, attorney
Amanda Andrae is an active proponent of adoption in the community, having
served on the Austin Bar Committee for Austin Adoption Day for the past
five years. Amanda and her ex-husband, Dave, have adopted a child, and
have a large network of friends who have either been adopted or have adopted
children of their own. Our firm has a commitment to forming loving families
through the adoption process.
What Will Disqualify You From Adopting A Child In Texas?
While there are many qualifications that each prospective adoptive parent
will have to meet in order to be eligible to adopt, this is all done in
order to keep children safe and to make sure that children are going into
homes that they will be more likely to thrive. Not all these qualifications
have to do with safety, but rather many of them deal with the quality-of-life
which children will have once they enter their forever home.
To learn more,
call our offices at
(512) 668-7133. We represent clients across Austin and the surrounding areas, including
Williamson and Travis.