If you are considering adoption, chances are you have questions about adoption laws, rules, and qualifications. The first thing to know about adoption in Texas is that there are several different types.
Adoptions can include:
- Older child or special needs
- Open or closed
- International or domestic
To qualify for any of these types of adoptions, an individual must be a mature adult who is over the age of 21 and financially stable and responsible. If the person is married, his or her spouse must also participate in the adoption.
All adoptions also require the applicants to complete a home study. The home study process is designed to evaluate prospective parents’ ability to provide a stable, nurturing home to the child they wish to adopt. On average it takes about three to six months to complete, sometimes longer.
Every home study includes:
- Evaluation of the home environment
- A personal interview with each adopting parent
- An interview of each adoptive child who is at least four years old
- Finger-print based criminal background check for any person who applies to be an adoptive parent
- Proof of marriage, if applicable
- Gathering information from relevant sources
- Observation of each adoptive child
- Attending adoption training sessions