Adopting a child can be an immensely rewarding experience. Unfortunately it is often accompanied by a host of legal and bureaucratic complexities. Those who approach the process with the help of a knowledgeable family law attorney find that they are relieved of much of the delays, frustration and expense that adoption often entails.
The Law Offices of Diane St. Yves can help guide you through the adoption proceedings to ensure you understand each step of the way and get the family you have always wanted. We recognize that ultimately the process will end in a court proceeding to finalize the adoption. We can help advise you of the ways you can show the court you are a competent parent and guide you throughout the process.
Whether you are a parent struggling to find the right home for your child, a couple looking to welcome a new member into your home or a relative hoping to assume responsibility for a minor in your family, you should contact our family law attorneys for a consultation to ensure no detail is overlooked. We’ll take the time to explain all of the adoption issues to you, assist in the preparation of required documentation, represent you at the adoption hearings and advocate on your behalf should any challenges arise in the future.
If you need help going through the adoption process, contact the Law Offices of Diane St. Yves, PLLC in Houston, Texas by filling out our contact form or for quicker service, call us at 281-501-1558.
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AGENCY ADOPTION LEGAL SERVICES
Agency adoptions involve the domestic placement of a child with adoptive parents by a public agency, or by a private agency licensed or regulated by the state. Public agencies generally place children who have become wards of the state for reasons such as the child being orphaned, abandoned, or abused. Private agencies are sometimes being operated by charities or social service organizations. Children placed through private agencies are usually brought to the agency by a parent or parents who have or are expecting a child for whom they want to develop an adoption plan. Agencies are helpful in that they provide social resources to birth mothers and adoptive parents and facilitate the process.
NAVIGATING INDEPENDENT ADOPTION LAW
In a private, or independent, adoption, no agency is involved. Some independent adoptions involve a direct arrangement between the birth parents and the adoptive parents, while others use an intermediary such as an attorney, doctor, or clergyperson. For most independent adoptions, whether or not an intermediary is used, an attorney will be needed to take care of the court paperwork. Texas regulates adoptions quite carefully. The St. Yves Law Firm can assist with navigating adoption law. An “open adoption” is an independent adoption in which the adoptive parents and birth parents have contact during the pregnancy and the new parents agree to maintain some degree of contact with the birth parents after the adoption, through letters, photos, or in-person visits.
STEPPARENT ADOPTION LAW
In a stepparent adoption, a parent’s new spouse adopts a child the parent had with a previous partner. Stepparent adoption law allows for procedures that are less cumbersome than agency or independent adoption procedures espcially if the child’s other birth parent consents to the adoption. If the other birth parent cannot be found or if he or she refuses to consent to the adoption, there is more paperwork to do and the process is more involved. A consultation with an attorney at the St. Yves Law firm is an opportunity to discuss the process in more detail, especially if there are issues involving the identity or location of a birth parent.
RELATIVE ADOPTION LAW
In a relative adoption, a member of the child’s family steps forward to adopt. Grandparents often adopt their grandchildren if the parents die while the children are minors, or if the parents are unable to take care of the children for other reasons (such as incarceration, alcohol or chemical dependencey). In most states, these adoptions are easier than non-relative adoptions. If the adopted child has siblings who are not adopted at the same time, relative adoption law usually provides for contact between the siblings after the adoption.