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Do you have to be married to adopt a child in Texas?

Do you have to be married to adopt a child in Texas?

  • October 9th, 2020
  • Cheryl McGirr
  • Comments Off on Do you have to be married to adopt a child in Texas?

Family Law – Adoption  / Adopting / Adopt a child in Texas

In Texas, no law states that a person must be married to adopt. Many adoption professionals and agencies may have preferences or adoption requirements regarding married couples versus individuals. 

However, in Texas, a prospective adoptive parent can be either single or married. the prospective adoptive parent must meet the below requirements: 

  • Be at least 21 years old 
  • Be financially stable 
  • Complete an application to adopt 
  • Share background and lifestyle information 
  • Provide references 
  • Provide proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable) 
  • Have a completed home study 
  • Submit to a criminal background and child abuse checks on all adults living in the household 

If adoption is the right path for you and you meet all the requirements, you can begin the adoption process. Adoption laws in Texas allow many people to adopt. Future adoptive parents will need to meet the individual adoption requirements of the professional they want to work with, and the requirements for the type of adoption they’re pursuing, whether that’s international, domestic, or foster care adoption in Texas. 

If you are interested in adoption, McGirr Law has partnered with many wonderful organizations in the Austin / Cedar Park / Georgetown area. We encourage you to take a look at Active Grace. Active Grace is an Austin-Based, Non-Profit Community who collaborates with state agencies, and other organizations, involved in foster/adoption training.

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