Adoption is a wonderful way to add to your family and provide a loving environment for a child who is not your own. This commitment, while noble and rewarding, is not as straight forward as you may hope. In fact, it can be incredibly complex and involved – both for the protection of the child and the benefit of the family he or she will be joining. Attempting to adopt without professional assistance is extremely difficult, which is why having an experienced family law attorney is so important.
Sugar Land adoption attorney Yasmin Kutty is here to make sure that you meet all of the rules of the Texas Family Code and properly prepare your case to present to a judge. This helps speed proceedings and guards against potential setbacks due to simple clerical oversights as well as more involved aspects of the adoption process.
If you are considering adoption in Fort Bend County, please contact the Kutty Law Firm online or by calling 713-568-5401 to schedule an informative consultation at our Sugar Land office. Mrs. Kutty serves growing families in Houston and The Woodlands as well as the counties of Montgomery and Brazoria.
Texas Adoption Regulations
In Texas, all adoptive parents must be financially stable and at least 21 years old. In addition, Texas law provides some basic requirements that prospective adoptive parents must meet in order to be eligible to adopt. These include:
- Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age
- Be willing to complete an application and provide references. Prospective adoptive parents are required to provide references written by family members and non-family members alike
- Be willing to submit to a criminal history check
- Be willing to complete a home study. The home study will include interviews, in your home, with all members of the household
- Be willing to attend training to learn about the issues children who have been abused or neglected might face if adopting through the Department of Family and Protective Services
Adoptive parents must undergo thorough background checks, family history checks, and home visits. This is done to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for the child to be adopted. An extensive home study course must be completed by both adoptive parents as well, and the parental rights of each living birth parent must be terminated. Montgomery County adoption lawyer Yasmin Kutty will assist you in completing all of these things to help prevent snags in the process.
Prospective adoptive parents must have cleared the home study and all background checks before the adoption agency – as managing conservator of the adoptive child – will consent to the adoption. One approved, the child must live with the adoptive parents for six months before the adoption can be finalized. This final step can be waived by the court in certain cases. Attorney Kutty will discuss this possibility with you during your initial consultation and as appropriate during the adoption process.
Termination of Parental Rights
Before you are able to adopt a child, his or her biological parents must give up all of their legal rights. Depending on the circumstances, this can be done voluntarily or the termination can be ordered by a judge. Mrs. Kutty will be able to assist you in how best to proceed according to your specific situation. Once one or both of the biological parents no longer have any legal rights to the child, you can move on to finalizing the adoption.
It is important to remember that you will be taking over as the child’s legal guardian, and the birth parents will no longer have rights to the child. You will have all legal rights, duties, and obligations to the child as if you are the natural parent. This is an enormous responsibility and one that needs careful consideration. The weight of this decision plays a large role in the steps required by the state of Texas to adopt a child.
Final Adoption Proceeding
Attorney Kutty will file all paperwork ahead of your final adoption hearing. An ad litem attorney appointed in advance of the hearing will work to ensure the adoption is in the best interest of the child or children. Because Mrs. Kutty serves in this capacity as well, she can help you understand what the ad litem attorney will be looking for and prepare you fully for this stage of the process. At this final proceeding, the judge will review the all the court papers, listen to brief testimony from each parent, and terminate the biological parents’ rights before finalizing the adoption.
Consider the Kutty Law Firm PLLC
Yasmin Kutty has been in practice for two decades and has the experience and dedication needed to help Texas families through the entire adoption process. Compassionate, committed, and thoughtful, our Sugar Land adoption attorney will guide you through the progression of growing your family with skillfulness and care to help ensure the smoothest and most rewarding adoption process possible. Please call us at 713-568-5401 to schedule your consultation and learn more. Mrs. Kutty serves families living in the counties of Brazoria, Montgomery, and Fort Bend.