How does an Adoption Choices of Texas adoption work?
Adoption Choices primarily serves couples residing in the United States wishing to make an adoption plan for a child born in Texas. Click below to learn more about the domestic adoption process.
Every adoption begins with a home study. Whether you want to use Adoption Choices of Texas for an agency adoption, or you need a home study for a private adoption, we can help you.
We know that an adoption plan doesn’t end when a child is placed into an adoptive home. Every adoption has some amount of post-placement supervision and often contact with the birth family. Click below for resources on what to expect once you adopt.
Adoptive Family Profiles
Adoption Choices will help you to create an effective multimedia adoption profile so that the right birth family can find you. Click below to learn how we create and present your adoptive parent profile to birth families who want to connect with you.
Answers To Your Common Questions
What are the levels of openness in adoption?
Adoption is a shared gift of love between two families. Openness in adoption is a continuum and no single arrangement is right for everyone. Through careful consideration of options, a child-focused approach and commitment, you will be able to decide on the amount of openness that is right for your family. While birth parent and adoptive parent relationships may seem awkward at first, over time, the involved individuals typically become more comfortable with the plan they have chosen and pleased with their decisions. Creating openness between the birth family and the adoptive family provides a child with a lifetime of loving and meaningful relationships. Please remember, in open adoptions and semi open adoptions, the level of openness is changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after birth.
Confidential (Closed) Adoption
In a Closed Adoption, there is no contact between birth parents and adoptive parents, with the exception of the birth parents’ non-identifying social/medical information that is provided to the adoptive parents. This type of adoption is rare in private adoption situations due to social media and the internet.
In a Semi-Open Adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents usually meet prior to the birth of the child, and the adoptive parents are often times present for the birth. After placement, communication, such as pictures, texting, phone calls, letters and emails, may occur. Last names and addresses of both parties are not disclosed, unless otherwise agreed upon by the birth parents and adoptive parents. This type of adoption allows for communication between the birth parents and adoptive parents while also maintaining some privacy. Keep in mind, the level of openness is always changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after placement; relationships change as time goes on.
In an Open Adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents are in direct contact with one another and share identifying information with each other. This type of adoption may involve the methods listed above in the semi-open adoption as well as in-person visits, without going through the Agency. The plan for openness is decided and agreed upon by both the birth parents and the adoptive parents. Open adoptions allow the child to connect more easily to his or her birth parents and to maintain a relationship. Keep in mind, the level of openness is always changing and shifting throughout the adoption and after placement; relationships change as time goes on.
Please Note: In the State of Texas, semi-open and open adoption agreements (informal and formal) are not enforceable by law. However, a written agreement should be completed and birth parents and adoptive parents should be given a copy as well as a copy being placed in the file.
We don’t live in Texas, but can we still adopt from Texas?
Yes you can still adopt from Texas.
Will I have a relationship with the birthparents?
We certainly hope so. Openness tends to have a stabilizing effect on the adoption plan and can
promote a healthy adoption identity in the child. Ultimately, the extent of the relationship between
you and the birthparents will be up to everyone’s desires, comfort-levels, and boundaries. We have
worked on adoptions which were fully closed, and wide open – and everything in between. Please note
that there is often some evolution of the desired level of openness as the birthmother approaches her
due date and some flexibility may be required.
When is the child placed with us?
The child will be placed with you immediately after the birthparents have signed their adoption paperwork. Usually this happens at the hospital, shortly after 48 hours following the birth of the child.
In order to take placement of the child you will have to execute certain documents accepting the
responsibilities of parenting, and any legal or medical risks associated with the adoption. Samples of these standard documents will be provided to you once you are matched.
How old is too old to adopt an infant child?
There are no age limit to adopt an infant child.
Adoption Choices of Texas has been proudly assisting lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and couples since we opened our doors. Our agency is honored that you have chosen to gather more information on us and our services.
The home study process and the application process is the same for all those applying with our agency.
Resources for Adoptive Families
Adoptive Parent Stories
We had been told horror stories about how long the wait would be to adopt a baby. We finished our paperwork at the beginning of May and were matched by the end of the month. This is unheard of. Adoption Choices of Texas is amazing.
It was obvious to us that finding loving homes for children was more than a job but a passion to bring families to together. The adoption process is an emotional roller coaster and it was very comforting to work with the people at Adoption Choices of Texas.