Whether you are creating your family or placing your child for adoption, an adoption attorney at the Law Office of Lauren Gaydos Duffer, P.C. may be able to help.
This means that a birth family and prospective adoptive family have come together by means of someone other than an adoption agency. In a private adoption, he prospective adoptive family cannot provide living expenses or pay or promise anything of monetary value other than reasonable counseling/social worker fees, legal fees, and medical expenses to the birth family. If the birth family is in need of financial assistance for things like living expenses, you must involve a licensed agency. An adoption attorney at The Law Office of Lauren Gaydos Duffer, P.C. may be able to help you find an agency to work with should you need one. We also handle private same-sex adoptions in Texas.
Recognition of Foreign Decree of Adoption
Depending on your child’s immigration status when you brought your child to the United States, Texas law provides for you to have your foreign decree of adoption recognized under the laws of the State of Texas. If your child is eligible to be recognized under the laws of the State of Texas without having to do a re-adoption, you can obtain a new birth certificate for your child naming you as the legal parent(s) of the child and changing the child’s name by petitioning the court to issue an order recognizing your foreign decree of adoption.
If you are just beginning to look into the process and you don’t know what agency to work with or you don’t understand the contracts you are being asked to sign by the agency, adoption attorney Lauren may be able to help you. It is very important that you exercise your own due diligence when selecting an agency to work with. Unfortunately, there are agencies out there that take advantage of prospective adoptive parents and most agencies’ contracts state that once you sign the contract and pay the initial fees to the agency and your money is non-refundable. Therefore, it is extremely important that you fully understand what you are signing. An adoption attorney through our law offices may guide you through the process, from helping you find an agency to finalizing your adoption (depending on the particular circumstances of your adoptive situation).
Finalization of Adoption
Often, families will work with an out of state agency, child protective services, or an agency that is located outside of North Texas. The day that you finalize your adoption is very special. Some families want their close friends and family to attend the court hearing. Depending on the circumstances, an adoption attorney in our office may be able to finalize your adoption in North Texas so that your close friends and family can attend the court hearing.
In the event that the prospective adoptive family or the birth family lives in a state other than Texas, you must comply with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (“ICPC”). ICPC requires that the state where the baby is born and the state where the prospective adoptive family lives to both approve the baby crossing state lines. In an interstate adoption, the baby must remain in the state where he or she was born until both states approve the baby crossing state lines. Often, prospective parents will be required to stay in the state where the baby is born for 7-10 business days.
Birth Parent Representation
Making the decision to place your child for adoption can be difficult, and the representation of an adoption attorney is important. During this emotional process, you will be asked to sign legal documents such as a relinquishment. It is imperative that you understand the legal consequences of what you’re signing and that you have a confidential forum to ask any legal questions you may have regarding placement of your child.
Please be aware that Texas law does not allow an attorney to locate a child for you or to match birth parents and adoptive parents.