Legal Guidance For Your Growing Family
There are many reasons to consider adoption. Perhaps you and your spouse wish to expand your family. Maybe it is no longer in a minor’s best interests to live with their biological parents. Or you may be a stepparent who wishes to adopt your spouse’s child. Whatever your reason for adopting, it is important to work with an attorney who can help you navigate the complex adoption system.
If you live in the San Antonio area and wish to adopt, the Ruiz & Associates, PLLC, can offer you invaluable legal counsel. We understand how important your family is to you, and we wish to guide you through every step of the adoption process.
What Are The Steps For Adoption In Texas?
Adoption can be a long and complicated path full of potential legal snags. You may be wondering how to even begin. You must finish all of these steps before you can adopt — and a lawyer can help you complete each step adequately and quickly.
First, you will need to attend an informational meeting with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to discuss adoption. You must also meet several requirements. To adopt in Texas, you must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have stable finances
- Submit to a background check
- Provide several references
Assuming you meet these requirements, you must undergo 35 hours of educational classes on adoption. After this, the state will complete a family home study and perform a background check.
Guiding Your Family Through the Adoption Process
Some families attempt to go through the adoption process without an attorney, but this can be a mistake. It is far too easy to make a mistake or encounter an obstacle that can delay the adoption or cost you more money in the long run. Our family law firm has an in-depth understanding of state, federal and international adoption laws. We can help your adoption go as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Learn More About Adoption In A Free Consultation
You can discuss your questions and concerns about adoption at our San Antonio office location. We offer free consultations. Call the Ruiz & Associates, PLLC, at 210-899-4853, or reach us online. Se Habla Español.