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What is required to adopt a child in Texas?

Texas residents who are interested in adopting a child may wish to know what requirements and responsibilities must be met prior to becoming an adoptive parent. These requirements are there to help both the parents and the Department of Family and Protective Services assess whether they are good candidates for adoption.

When becoming an adoptive parent in Texas, a person must be prepared to meet certain responsibilities. These include a lifelong commitment to the child through adulthood, as well as providing a permanent home for the child. The prospective parent must also accept responsibility for both the long-term and short-term needs of that child, including their physical, mental and emotional health.

While an adoptive parent may be either single or married, they must meet several other requirements before consideration for adoption. The adoptive parent must be at least 21 years old and have a certain degree of financial stability. The prospective parent must give sufficient background information about themselves and submit to a criminal background check. A review of the home and other household members is also required, along with training on the issues that children who have been abused or neglected face. Lastly, references must be provided by the adoptive parents. In addition to the opportunity to adopt, adoptive parents may be able to become foster parents if they meet certain additional requirements, including CPR and First Aid certification.

Any information in this article should not be considered legal advice, due to the fact that every person's situation is unique. An attorney with experience in adoption procedures may be able to help an adoptive parent prepare for the application process.

Source: Texas Adoption Resource Exchange, "Requirements for Foster/Adopt Families", August 14, 2014

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