Austin Adoption Lawyers
There are few things more rewarding than finding a loving home for a child who needs one. If you are considering adoption, we are a resource to help guide you through the adoption process and to answer any questions you may have. It's important to learn all you can before taking this life-changing step.
For experienced legal representation in all types of adoption, you can trust the family law attorneys at the Peak and Toland Law Firm to handle your legal matter with the care and attention it deserves.
Adoption is the legal process of substituting one set of parents for another. After the adoption is confirmed, the new parents become the only parents recognized by law and are entitled to the same rights and responsibilities as any other parents. If you plan to build your family through adoption, contact one of our dedicated attorneys and learn all the options that are available to you. It is comforting to know that you have access to an adoption attorney trusts who is solely concerned with connecting you with your child in the most direct, stress-free way possible.
To adopt a child in Texas, the adopting adult must:
- Be at least 21 years of age, financially stable and responsible, and a mature adult
- Complete the Application Process
- Provide information regarding the applicant’s background and lifestyle
- Provide relative and non-relative references
- Be single, married or divorced. Married applicants will be required to show proof of marriage and divorced individuals will have to show proof of divorce
- Agree to a home study which includes visits with all household members
- Allow staff to complete a criminal history background check and an abuse/neglect check on all adults in the household
- attend free training to learn about issues of abused and neglected children
Please Note: In some cases, Abused and Neglected Children Training, is required. The training provides the family and the family’s agency an opportunity to assess whether foster care or adoption is best for the family. The family may withdraw from the meetings at any time. There is no charge for the meetings. Foster/adoptive parents generally train together.