Adoption Requirements in Texas
What Do I Need to Adopt a Child in Texas?
The requirements for adoption that a prospective parent must meet to be approved to adopt in the state of Texas will vary depending on the type of adoption you want, and to a lesser extent, the adoption professional you work with.
The following are some of the most common questions American Adoptions receives about the requirements for adopting a child in Texas:
Do you have to be married to adopt in Texas?
There are no laws stating that a person must be married in order to adopt in Texas. Many adoption professionals will have preferences or adoption requirements about married couples versus individuals, however. For example, American Adoptions requires couples to have been married for at least two years.
But exceptions can and have been made. Please call 1-800-ADOPTION for more information.
Can same-sex couples adopt in Texas?
There are no laws in Texas regarding same-sex couples and adoption. LGBT couples are always welcome to become parents through American Adoptions in Texas. Contact us to learn more.
How old do you have to be to adopt in Texas? Is there an adoption age limit?
While many states are very specific about who may or may not adopt a child, Texas adoption law states that “any adult may adopt.” So while no set minimum age or adoption age limit is specified, individual adoption professionals may have their own age requirements to adopt in Texas.
For example, American Adoptions prefers adoptive parents within the ages of 22 to 50, but exceptions have been granted. Some Texas foster care agencies have adoption requirements that foster parents be at least 21 years old.
Can a felon adopt a child in Texas?
The Texas adoption home study will further examine the nature of the felony that was committed or any other offenses on your criminal record(s). If the crime was violent, involved child or domestic abuse or neglect, or your social worker and the court feels that it may pose a danger to a child in your home, then you won’t be approved to adopt.
However, non-violent one-time offenders may be cleared by the court and their social worker on a case-by-case basis.
Every adult in a prospective adoptive home in Texas is required to pass state and federal criminal background and abuse checks. If you’ve ever been convicted of a felony and hope to adopt in Texas, you’ll first need to apply through the adoption agency before reaching the home study process, so contact us now to learn more.
What do I need to adopt a child in Texas? And how hard is it to adopt a baby?
Perfect health isn’t required. You simply need to be able to meet the physical demands of taking care of a child. Texas adoption agencies and home study providers take your family’s physical and mental health into account when approving you for adoption in TX. You’ll need to present recent medical statements as part of your Texas home study.
Contrary to popular myth, you don’t need to be wealthy to adopt. However, your home study will require you to present recent financial statements to verify that you’re financially stable enough to raise a child.
Unfortunately, there are no documents that you can submit proving that you’re emotionally ready to adopt a child in Texas. But the emotional requirements to adopt in TX may be the most important to your overall success of your adoption. These include:
Addressing any lingering infertility or miscarriage grief you may have experienced.
Leaving behind the dream of having a baby through biological means so that you can focus on the dream of having a baby through adoption.
Educating yourself about and emotionally preparing yourself for the Texas adoption process.
Becoming clear and united with your spouse about your goals and feelings regarding adoption and parenthood. You must be on the same page and supportive of the same goal before you proceed.
Preparing yourself for the relationship you want to have with your child’s birth family, as well as emotionally letting go of the expectations that come with being biologically related to your child.
Remaining committed to and excited about adoption, even the challenges. This will be the greatest sign of a successful adoption that can be seen in both adoptive and expectant parents.
To find out if you meet the qualifications for adoption in Texas, call 1-800-ADOPTION now.
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