Adopt

What are the different ways to adopt?

 

 Most of our adoptive parents choose to do foster to adopt. In homes that chose to do foster to adopt, we accept only cases which are legal risk (meaning the parental rights are scheduled to be terminated) or the case details indicate a good chance of parental rights being terminated and no relatives have been located. There is a risk involved in this approach but we have had good success with this approach, thus far.

 

Another approach to adoption is straight adopt. This entails submitting for children who are already free for adoption and parental rights have already been terminated. In this approach, the children are never in foster care in the home and have been selected to adopt the children prior to the children arriving to the home. The children must remain in the adoptive home for six months prior to consummation.

Does contact with the biological parents end after adoption?

 
 
 
In some cases, adopted children have limited contact with their biological family if the adoptive family is in agreement and it is deemed in the best interest of the child. This is discussed with the Child Protective Services caseworker prior to adoption and, ultimately, is a decision made by the adoptive family. After consummation, the Texas law is stringent on adoption laws, which protect and benefit the children and the adoptive family.

What cost are associated with the process of adoption?

 

The costs associated with the adoption process are less than $70 and are reimbursable if the child qualifies for Adoption Assistance, a federal program administered by the state that provides a monthly stipend and health insurance for children with special needs until age 18. Costs include a charge to receive a new birth certificate and a court-filing fee.