Adopting a child is a major life choice for you and the child. The state wants to be sure anyone adopting will provide a safe and loving home for the child, and because the state has the responsibility of caring for the child, it sets guidelines for who can adopt.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services explains you do not need to have a spouse to adopt a child, but there are some important qualifications you must have and things you must be able to provide.
You must be at least 21 years old. You also must complete an application and provide references, both those related to you and those not related. You will need to provide documentation of any marriage or divorce and consent to a home study. You and all adults in the home must undergo background checks. You also must complete a training program.
Beyond being a stable home for the child, you will need to show you have the ability to care for the child. You will need to attend continuous training that covers parenting and other important issues relevant to children who have been in foster care. You also need to have CPR and first aid certification and keep it valid.
Your home must have an area for the child to sleep, and you must have routine inspections for safety and health. You will not be able to have more than six children in your home, including any to whom you provide daycare services. All pets must have up-to-date vaccines, and you must agree to not discipline using physical measures.
Children who have been in the foster system often come from backgrounds that are less than ideal. By adopting, you can provide them with the type of home they deserve where they will feel safe and receive love.