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What is the adoption process in Texas?

Adoption is one way to grow a family. Because of this, it is important for those considering adoption to be familiar with the adoption process. Potential parents may have many questions associated with adoption. Adoption is part of the family law process that helps families grow in different ways. It is important to be familiar with the adoption process and different options available to help decide if the adoption of a child or an infant, domestically or internationally, is best for that adoption seeker.

In Texas, adoptive parents must be over the age of 21, financially stable, mature and responsible and they must complete the home study process. The home study process involves an inspection of the home and background of the potential parents. It also involves an inspection of the financial ability of the potential parents to raise the child, the parenting skills of the potential parents and the marriage of the potential parents, if they are married. Potential parents are also subject to a criminal history background check and an abuse and neglect check.

Adoptions are commonly conducted through adoption agencies, which can be both public and private. Adoption seekers may wish to begin a family through adoption or add to their family through the adoption process. The adoption process can sometimes seem intrusive and bureaucratic to potential parents seeking to adopt. To help lessen the burden of what can sometimes be a complicated process, it can help for adoption seekers to be familiar with the steps of the process and what to expect.

Adoption is an exciting opportunity for both children and potential parents but the adoption process is not without challenges. As a result, potential parents should be familiar with the steps of the process to help with a successful and happy adoption.

Source: Texas.adoption.com, "Texas Adoption Information," Accessed May 14, 2017

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