Welcome a new child into your family through legal adoption
OUR TRUSTED FORT WORTH ADOPTION ATTORNEYS CAN HELP
Though it’s not easy, expanding your family through adoption can be an incredible experience. If you are considering adoption, or have decided to adopt, consulting a Fort Worth adoption attorney should be one of the first steps you take. Our team at Lovelace Law, P.C. can help you know what to expect once you begin the adoption process.
You should know that the adoption process can take a number of months and involves many different legal organizations. The maze of paperwork and proceedings are best navigated (and more quickly completed) with the help of an attorney who is familiar with the national and state adoption process. Lovelace Law, P.C. has provided guidance with many successful adoptions for Texas families.
We can assist with:
- Infant adoptions
- Stepchild adoptions
- Foster care adoptions
- International adoptions
Advocating for you, both in and out of court
Not all adoptions are the same. Sometimes, adoption involves a parent terminating their parental rights. During this emotional time, it is important to have a legal team on your side — one with extensive knowledge of the laws governing the Texas adoption process and one advocating for your best interests.
At Lovelace Law, P.C., we look for common ground wherever possible, and seek out of court solutions to limit the impact on families. Developing an agreed outcome through the cooperation of all parties involved has many advantages. It preserves relationships and allows everyone involved to transition into their new lives in a more positive way. They are also more likely to adhere to the agreement, limiting future conflicts.
However, when it is in your best interest, we take your case to court and advocate strongly on your behalf. Whether your case requires strong aggressive litigation or can be resolved out of the courts, you’ll need smart, tough, seasoned professionals committed to excellence in everything they do.
Requirements for Adoption in Texas
Each state creates different guidelines that must be met by an adoptive parent(s). The Department of Family and Protective Services in Texas has outlined the following criteria for Texans wanting to adopt:
- 21 years of age or older
- Financially stable
- Responsible and mature
- Has completed an adoption application
- Shared background and lifestyle qualitative information
- Provided references
- If applicable, provided proof of marriage and/or divorce
- Completed a home study
- Submitted to a criminal background and child abuse check (including all adults in the household)
The state also requires all criminal checks for couples who live out-of-state to be performed in Texas.
On average, adopting a foster child can take anywhere from six to 18 months; adopting a newborn can take two to seven years; international adoptions can take up to six years or more. To meet all the legal requirements and prevent roadblocks to successful adoption, it’s important to work with a capable, responsible adoption attorney who knows what to do.
Contact our Fort Worth or Burleson, Texas, locations to set up a legal adoption services consultation with one of the adoption lawyers of Lovelace Law, P.C.