What is the procedure for adoption?

In Texas, the court's primary concern is the best interests of the child. An experienced attorney familiar with the state's adoption procedures can help ease the adoption process.

Whether a child is placed in a new home privately or an adoption agency, a petition for adoption must be filed. The child is placed in the custody of the new parents for a period of six months to one year before the adoption becomes final. This allows home study - the monitoring of the child's welfare in the new home through a court's authorized agency visits to the home. At the end of the period, a court hearing reviews the parents' qualifications and, if satisfactory, grants a permanent decree of adoption. In this manner, the child gains all the rights of a natural child of the adoptive parents and a new birth certificate is issued, showing the adoptive parents as the child's legal parents.