Can a Same-Sex Couple Adopt Your Baby in Texas?
Have you ever considered having a same-sex couple adopt your baby? Due to most same-sex couples being unable to have children themselves, many choose to adopt. These couples are eager and ready to be parents and can be fantastic adoptive families for your child. Here at Adoption Choices of Texas, we don’t mind reading through pages upon pages of legal speech. We want everyone to have the opportunity to adopt, but we also want to make sure all of our clients are thoroughly informed about the adoption process and adoption laws. If you’re a birth mother, go here to find out how to place a newborn up for adoption. If your question still isn’t answered by this FAQ or our website, you can always fill out a contact form.
Are Same-Sex Couples Allowed to Adopt Your Baby in Texas?
Same-Sex couples and any LGBTQ+ parents are allowed to adopt under current Texas law. Like any other parent, they must pass all of the other requirements for an adoptive family. This means being interviewed by the state and having the best interests of the child in mind. Adoption attorneys are helpful to sort out more specific issues, so we provide attorneys when needed to make sure you understand all the legal stuff before you make any decisions.
What is an Open Adoption?
An open adoption is the most common option for adoption. In an open adoption, the birth mother or birth father and adoptive family share information with each other that allows both some access to know about the child’s life. Sometimes this means as much as meetings or as little as pictures sent every now and then. The amount of communication can be changed to suit each family’s needs. Some couples may also choose semi-open or closed adoptions if they would prefer. Semi-open adoptions limit identifiable information, and closed adoptions don’t have any communication at all between the families.
Can People Adopt Before Marriage?
Texas does allow adoption before marriage, and Adoption Choices of Texas will help. Whether they are single parents or same-sex couples cohabiting, all of our adoptive families meet state and agency standards.
Can A Same-sex Couple Adopt Your Baby from a Different State?
Some parents may want to adopt children from other states or know somebody from another state looking to put their baby up for adoption. Yes, parents can adopt from anywhere in the United States. When you work with Adoption Choices of Texas, we’ll help make sure you can meet requirements for both Texas and other states.
Does Adoption Choices of Texas Provide Home Studies?
A home study is the name of the assessment of parents to determine if they’re ready for adoption legally. It’s the process we use to make sure your baby is well taken care of after the adoption. There’s paperwork, background checks, and interviews that take place during the adoption process. Once it is completed, they will get to review the resulting paperwork for accuracy. While we may show an adoption home study to another adoption agency, an attorney, and/or a district judge, the home study is otherwise completely confidential.
Other requirements must be met during the home study as well. Their family income must be 300% of the Federal Poverty Level or more. An adoptive family’s home study must also be updated every year. If they plan on using physical discipline or would withhold medical care for religious or personal reasons, then they won’t be eligible to adopt. Finally, you must be over 21 to adopt.
With these requirements and more, we are confident in all adoptive families’ ability to raise a child. You can learn more about home studies here or by asking your caseworker.
The Adoption Process in Texas
Adoption Choices of Texas wants your adoption experience to be as simple and easy as possible. For same-sex and LGBT+ couples, that means making sure you’re treated fairly and understand laws. Those looking for help with the adoption process in Texas can also feel secure knowing we will help sort out all of the difficult details. During your home study, we’ll make sure you meet adoption requirements in Texas and also throughout the United States. We care about you and are here to help with all of your adoption-related needs. Would you like a same-sex couple to adopt your baby or ask more specific questions?
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
Meet the author: Joshua Boulet is an aspiring journalist and writer with a particular fondness for research and social sciences. He loves music, writing, reading, video games and most art, and anything creative he can get his hands on. Boulet believes that there’s too much good stuff out there and not enough time to see it all. He grew up on video games: the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games, Mario Kart, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and Legend of Zelda. The music of rhythm games led him to an interest in that, and the investigative journalism of Jason Schreier inspired him to discover the importance of journalism as an industry. That interest in developers’ lives led him to an interest in social justice and how the world could maybe be made into a better place. “All this to say, there is certainly a line I can draw between me obsessively playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and me interviewing my sociology professor about how to read academic articles. Those surprising through lines fascinate me all the same. At my best, I’m a person who gets to be constantly fascinated by the lives and work of other people.”
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