Is Adoption Right for You?
Adoption is a great option for parents who want to increase the size of their family and provide a loving home to a child in need. Texas law allows adults to adopt newborns, children, foster children (in some cases) and even other adults. There are a variety of adoption options available, and parents can choose a child based on age, religion, race, and nationality.
How to Adopt
If you are eligible to adopt, call the adoption agency you wish to adopt from, and ask any questions you may have. Once all your questions have been answered (including fee questions) submit an application and attend any required training programs. Be prepared to wait. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to several years for an adoption to be finalized in the Texas legal system.
Rewards of Adoption
Adopting a child is emotionally rewarding, especially for parents who are unable to have children of their own. Free training is often provided to help parents understand how to nurture and care for children who have been neglected or abused. Many parents who have successfully adopted a child discover that it is very fulfilling to provide a child in need with love, basic necessities, and a safe environment.
Kids Need to be Adopted
Texas has more than 3,000 foster children – ranging from infancy to 18 years old – who are available for adoption. Many of these children have been neglected or abused by their natural parents. As a result, many of them have emotional, physical, or medical needs that can be met by an adoptive family. Once placed in a loving home environment, many of these children are finally able to heal and thrive.