There are several ways to prepare yourself for adopting a child in the state of Texas. Some involve physical preparation, and some are mental and emotional in nature.
It’s best to start with the mental and emotional aspects first because they can create roadblocks along the way if you’re not ready for them. Naturally, both the husband and wife need to be in agreement and also mentally and emotionally prepared for the adoption process adventure before it begins.
Your life, your home and your finances will be screened to make sure you’re in a good position to adopt whenever you apply. The application and screening process can feel like an imposition unless you know what to expect in advance, understanding that the social workers’ and governments’ investigations are designed to further the best interests of the children.
In some cases a birth mother may be selecting you as prospective parents, and in other cases you will be selecting from pregnant women before they give birth, or from children living in care facilities. There can be a great deal of emotion involved in each of these situations, as you can imagine.
Adopting a child in Texas shares a common feature with nearly every adoption, all over the world: it requires tremendous patience throughout the process. Once you begin, it can be several months to several years before your child is legally adopted. Waiting for the right child to adopt at the right time is probably the most difficult aspect for most people looking to adopt a child.
There are so many children in need of homes, but many parents ask, “Why do adoptions always seem to take such a long time?” when it comes to making a decision.
A two-year waiting period is common for parents looking for an infant or very young child of a certain race and gender, in perfect health. The adoption process is often much shorter for older children who may be transracial and perhaps suffering from a birth defect.
Another reason the wait time is lengthy is simply the amount of red tape involved. For example, international adoptions must meet the requirements and go through the approval process within two different countries (the country where the child lives and also the United States) and, in the state of Texas, another specific set of requirements must be met.
Once again, it’s easy to see why the mental and emotional issues involved can be quite challenging.
And the adoption process has a variety of expenses that you will want to consider in advance, too, although all of these may not be necessary in your own adoption process:
- Service fees for professionals and agencies
- Marketing expenses for finding a birth mother directly
- Homes study fees for the initial screening process
- Birth mother living and health care expenses
- Legal expenses
- Travel expenses
- Childcare expenses for other children and following the adoption
The excitement and joy of welcoming a new child into your home is well worth the expense and the wait involved, according to many satisfied adoptive parents in Texas. Invest the time to get prepared in advance so that you can join them soon. Contact a Texas family lawyer today.