Adoption in Texas

Interested in Adoption?

     In Texas, an adult may adopt a child or another adult. The motivation to adopt a child is fairly straightforward; a child needs a loving, nurturing adult who wants to become the child's parent. Reasons for adult adoption however, are generally legal in nature.

Adopting a Child

     For a child, each case is unique and several mandates must be met before a Texas Court will consider an adoption within the state.

Adoption in Texas

✦ The parent-child relationship between each of the child's biological parents must have either been terminated or will be terminated in the suit for adoption, or

✦ The petitioner for adoption is a stepparent and currently married to the child's parent, or

✦The parent-child relationship between one of the child's parents has been terminated and the petitioner for adoption has had actual control, care, and possession of the child for at least six months

Adoption Between States

     The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands that governs the placement of children from one state into another state, and it sets forth requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. 

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