Many people have questions about adoption in Texas. Below are answers to some common questions.
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Who can adopt a child in Texas?
As a general rule, any adult who is determined to be a “fit parent” may adopt a child. Married or unmarried couples may adopt jointly, and unmarried people may adopt a child through a procedure known as a single-parent adoption.
Can I adopt a child whose race or ethnic background is different from mine?
Usually, yes. You do not need to be the same race as the child you want to adopt, although some states do give preference to prospective adoptive parents of the same race or ethnic background of the child. Adoptions of Native American children are governed by federal law—the Indian Child Welfare Act—which outlines specific rules and procedures that must be followed when adopting a Native American child.
Is it still very difficult for lesbians and gay men to adopt children?
Gay and lesbian couples have been granted adoptions in Texas; however, there is no law preventing Texas judges from considering sexual orientation during an adoption proceeding. Some judges will use sexual orientation to find a prospective adoptive parent to be unfit. Let me help you by protecting your interests at every turn during the adoption process.
I’m single, but I’d like to adopt a child. What special concerns will I face?
If you’re a single person wishing to adopt, you should be prepared to make a good case for your fitness as a parent. You can expect questions from case workers about why you haven’t married, how you plan to support and care for the child on your own, what will happen if you do marry, and other questions which will put you in the position of defending your status as a single person. To many single adoptive parents, such rigorous screening doesn’t seem fair, but it is commonplace. I help my clients navigate the adoption process, which can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing.