Adoption is the legal process of welcoming a child or even an adult into your family. It carries with it all of the responsibilities, rights, and duties of having a child naturally, and is a cause for celebration for all who bring hope, joy, and love to the children being adopted and to the families adopting them.
There are basically two forms of adoption, which are:
Agency placed adoptions; and
• Non-agency placed adoptions.
Agency placed adoptions occur when a child is in the custody of either a governmental agency (i.e. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services) or a licensed child-placement agency. The particular agency has legal custody of the child after the natural parent’s rights have been terminated and then the agency agrees to the placement of the child in your care and to the eventual adoption.
Non-agency placed adoptions occur when no governmental or private agency is involved and the parents or legal guardian agrees to place the child in your care and to the eventual adoption. In this case the parental rights of the natural parents would be terminated by agreement and then the prospective parents would proceed with the agreed adoption. Quite often, non-agency adoptions occur between family members. This form of adoption also includes adoptions by step-parents. Step-parent adoptions are a very common occurrence, particularly when one of the natural parents is not active in life of the child. In this instance the non-active natural parent’s rights would have to be terminated first, either by agreement or through court order, and then the step-parent would be free to seek adoption of their step-child.
For either form of adoption the Aqrawi & Nguyen Law Firm, PLLC would highly recommend that you use the services of one of its experienced and skilled family law attorneys to advise and represent you through the process.
Whether you are seeking an adoption through agency placement or non-agency placement, contact the Aqrawi & Nguyen Law Firm, PLLC today at 1-844-LAW-2121 for help with your adoption issues.