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We grow families through adoption, working closely with you and your birth parents to ensure your adoption is completed properly and ethically.
Each year, thousands of Texans build their families through adoption. At Schreier & Housewirth we have been honored to help clients realize their dream of adopting a child. Families seeking to grow through adoption have more alternatives than ever and our Tarrant County adoption attorneys can give you the information you need to decide which alternative is best for you.
Matching with an Adoptive Child in Texas
Adoption occurs when a child who is available for adoption is “matched” with a family seeking to adopt. For the child to be eligible for adoption, all prior parental rights must have been terminated. In most cases, a biological parent will relinquish his or her parental rights by voluntarily signing an Affidavit of Relinquishment of Parental Rights. Our Tarrant County adoption attorneys have experience preparing such documents and in making sure that the relinquishment is executed according to Texas law. In other cases, parental rights may be involuntarily terminated by CPS due to parental misconduct.
Parents wishing to adopt a child in Texas must undergo a rigorous pre-placement adoption study completed by a licensed social worker and a criminal history background check performed through the Texas Department of Public Safety. While these components of the process are “outsourced” at Schreier & Housewirth, we simplify the process by putting you in contact with skilled social workers who will work with you to complete your adoptive study as quickly and as professionally as possible.
Most Reliable Ways to Match with Children Eligible for Adoption in Texas
- Adoption though the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: TDPFS places hundreds of children for adoption each year. To learn more about such children, visit: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/. TDFPS will require you to complete a stringent background check and meet state mandated licensing requirements. Contact us at Schreier & Housewirth to learn what we know about the advantages and disadvantages of adopting through TDFPS.
- Agency Adoptions: There are many licensed child placing agencies operating throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. These agencies work with both expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents to facilitate an adoptive placement match. While such agencies can offer an all-inclusive adoption experience, they typically charge a considerable fee for their services. Contact us a Schreier & Housewirth to discuss whether an agency adoption may be best for you.
- Private Match Adoptions: Using everything from the internet to word of mouth families seeking to adopt can match themselves with birthmothers who have decided to place their baby for adoption. By eliminating an agency intermediary, adoptive parents can save thousands of dollars. But in these situations, possibly more than any other, adopting families need direction from a skilled and ethical Texas adoption attorney to ensure strict compliance with all legal requirements. At Schreier & Housewirth, our attention to detail and our sensitivity to your needs and the needs of the birthmother gives our clients true piece of mind during a time that is highly emotional for all concerned.
- Stepparent Adoptions: Stepparent adoptions enable a stepparent to take on the legal role of parent when a biological parent is no longer in the picture. This is frequently the case when parents divorce and the non-custodial parent refuses to spend time with or support the child.
- Open Adoptions: Many of our adoptive parents find it beneficial to their children to agree to an open adoption. An open agreement can provide a mechanism for continuing contact between the child and her birthparents. Such contact can be psychologically rewarding for the child and in the event of health emergencies, a biological parent can be a vital source of family health history. Although such agreements are not recognized under current Texas law, our Fort Worth adoption attorneys assist in the preparation of such agreements as an act of faith between biological and adoptive families who are mutually committed to the well-being of the child.
- Family Adoptions: When Child Protective Services steps in to remove a child from home, there are options beyond foster care provided by a stranger. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other extended family members may have a claim to pursue custody of the child. If the child has resided with you for more than one year, you have a valid stake in the outcome of the adoption.
- Adopting Foster Children: When foster children reside with you for a significant amount of time, it is natural to develop a bond. If Child Protective Services determines that a biological parent is an unfit parent and subsequently terminates that parent’s parental rights, the foster parent may be an appropriate option for permanent care to the child.
At Schreier & Housewirth, our attorneys know how to help you realize the joy of adopting a child. We negotiate and prepare necessary paperwork and we file adoption petitions according to Texas adoption law. In addition, because we work closely with social workers and other professionals, we offer comprehensive representation for our adoption clients. We can help with such requirements as the adoptive home study, criminal background check, birth parent’s affidavit of relinquishment of parental rights, and other aspects of the process.
Learn More About Adoption
To learn more about Texas Foster Care and Adoption, review the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website.
Contact Our Texas Adoption Attorneys
For responsive legal assistance concerning adoption, contact Schreier & Housewirth today.