A growing number of Americans are choosing to expand their family through domestic adoptions. Domestic adoptions may include grandparent adoptions, stepparent adoptions, private adoptions, and agency adoptions for children in foster care. No matter which kind of domestic adoption is pursued, the actual adoption process can be lengthy and complex, so it is important that prospective parents first familiarize themselves with the factors that can impact a domestic adoption or even prevent an adoption from proceeding.
Age and Health Concerns
Two important factors for courts, social workers, adoption agencies and biological parents are the age and health of prospective adoptive parents. The adopting parent(s) must be at least 21 years of age, and should be able to physically care for the adoptive child. Potential parents may be deemed unsuitable for adoption if they have major health concerns or ailments that would compromise parenting abilities.
Home Study Results
Prospective parents interested in domestic adoption must complete a thorough and rigorous screening process called a Home Study to ensure the child's best interests are served. The Home Study involves a visit to the residence and interviews with all family members to determine whether the home environment is safe and appropriate for raising children. Applicants are also subject to criminal background checks, credit checks, employment history and other relevant searches as part of the Home Study process to confirm financial stability.
The relationship status of an adoptive parent may also be a factor in domestic adoptions, as single parents may face longer wait times for a placement than married couples. In addition, some state laws prohibit adoption by a gay or lesbian individual, or same-sex couples, so it is important to know the adoption laws of a state before pursuing the adoption process.
Christiansen Law Firm is a Texas-based family law firm specializing in helping individuals and couples build their family through adoption. The Family Law attorneys of Christiansen Law Firm can help clients navigate the complex Texas adoption laws to ensure a smooth adoption process. Christiansen Law Firm can also assist with the termination of parental rights for biological parents, grandparent adoptions, stepparent adoptions, agency adoptions, and private placement adoptions. Contact Christiansen Law Firm at their Houston or San Antonio offices for more information or to schedule a consultation.