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Irving Adoption Attorney

Experienced Child Adoption Lawyer in Dallas

Adoption is a life-changing decision for many people looking to become parents. Texas adoption law is relatively straightforward, but it requires strict adherence to the required steps and processes. For individuals looking to adopt, it is essential to understand the legal requirements before embarking on the process. As such, a family law attorney can be an invaluable resource in these situations.

At the Law Office of Michelle Poblenz, we understand how exciting and perhaps nerve-wracking it may be to approach the adoption process, particularly if you are not aware of what the process entails. We are proud to help families adopt children and fulfill their goal of becoming parents. Whether you are looking for more information about adoption or are ready to begin the adoption process, let us work with you to ensure that your dream of becoming a parent can become a reality.

Adoption Eligibility in Texas

In Texas, anyone over the age of 21 may adopt a child, provided that they have not been disqualified by law. People who are not considered eligible to adopt in Texas include those who have been convicted of specific criminal offenses, such as child abuse or neglect, homicide, and other offenses that could indicate that a child would be at risk of harm when in a person's care. Prospective parents must also provide references, as well as documentation of any marriage or divorce.

Adoption Home Study

In Texas, all prospective adoptive parents are required to complete a home study by a licensed caseworker. The home study will be dedicated to getting to know the prospective parents and family, evaluating their lifestyle, examining references provided by the prospective parents, and weighing the prospective parents' ability to care for the child. Essentially, the goal of the adoption home study is to ensure that wherever the child is going, they will be loved and cared for by their new parents, and they will be able to live in a safe and healthy environment.

Consent for the Adoption

Both biological parents in a child adoption must consent to the adoption, or the court must terminate their parental rights. A court will verify that there is no legal objection to the adoption and that both biological parents have given up their parental rights either voluntarily or involuntarily. In cases where a child is at least 12 years old, they must also provide consent to be adopted. However, an exception to this rule may be made if the court makes the determination that the adoption would be in the child's best interests.

More on the Termination of Parental Rights

In situations where a biological parent has abandoned the child or has had their rights as a parent restricted by the state, a court may decide to execute a termination of parental rights (TPR). A TPR legally creates a situation where the child can be adopted without a parent's consent. A TPR sets aside any legal rights the biological parent may have to the child and forfeits previously established rights and responsibilities. The termination of parental rights helps ensure that prospective adoptive parent(s) can obtain legal, financial, and emotional responsibility for their newly adopted child.

Contact a Tarrant County Adoption Lawyer

Understanding the necessary steps and procedures unique to Texas adoption law can lead to fewer hurdles and a more positive experience overall. A qualified family law attorney with experience in adoption cases can guide prospective parents through this process.

At the Law Office of Michelle Poblenz, we take great pride in helping prospective parents fulfill their dream of becoming parents. When you retain our firm's legal services, you can be confident that you will have an experienced advocate on your side advocating for your rights and helping you meet all of your legal requirements. Contact us at 469-845-3031 for a private consultation today.

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