Austin Adoption Attorney

Assisting with Texas Grandparent Adoptions

At Andrae Law, PLLC, we are not typically involved with the adoptive family until the child has been placed with the family. At that point, we will draft and file a Petition for Adoption and request that a home study provider be appointed to conduct and complete the home study report to the Court. The last legal step in the process is assisting our client(s) in obtaining a new birth certificate for their child after the Court has signed the Order of Adoption. Every step of the way, our Austin adoption lawyers will be there to guide you and protect your rights.

When someone adopts a child, that individual or couple becomes the child’s legal parent(s). A legal adoption gives the adoptive family the same rights and responsibilities as a biological parent. There are several steps in the adoption process, from the placement in the adoptive family’s home to the appointment of a home study provider to the final adoption hearing.

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 missing parent.

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.

What Sets Our Firm Apart?

Safeguarding the Best Interests of You & Your Family

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