Considering adoption in Texas? Know your options!
Making the decision to give your child a loving and nurturing home will set him or her up on a solid path for life. It’s an incredibly strong and brave decision. Upbring Adoption is here to help you decide whether to provide that home yourself or to work with someone else who can provide it.
On this page, you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the adoption process through Upbring.
What is Options Counseling?
- Discussion regarding the different approaches you can take on the pending birth of your child, and the lifetime impact it will have on both of you.
- Referrals to resources within the community if you need assistance that is not pregnancy-related, or if you choose to parent your baby.
- Involvement of the baby’s biological father in the decision-making process.
- Navigating difficult discussions with your friends and family about this decision.
- Discussion of your feelings regarding peer pressure and self-doubt about ‘how a loving mother could possibly choose adoption.’
- Explanation and assistance with understanding the legal process of adoption.
- Discussions about the criteria you desire in an adoptive family.
- Assistance in selecting a family and developing a relationship with them.
- Guidance in creating an individualized plan regarding the delivery process and hospital experience.
- Help with preparing documents that will be given to your child and the adoptive family. These include a social and medical history as well as a statement explaining your wishes in the lifelong journey that now connects you with your child and the adoptive family.
- Discussions regarding future plans beyond this pregnancy and delivery.
What is Open Adoption?
Today, most domestic adoptions are “open” or “semi-open,” meaning there is some contact between the adoptive family and birth parents. The amount and type of contact is individualized and mutually agreed upon, and the roles between the two families are clearly defined: The birth parents give the child life, personality traits, talents and interests, and their genetic makeup. The adoptive family nurtures and financially supports the child, shapes the child’s values, builds on the child’s interests and talents, and provides the child opportunities to become the person he/she was meant to be. That said, roles and expectations often change with time – flexibility is a vital part of open adoption.
Why Open Adoption?
- It reassures birth parents that their child is doing well. Correspondence can be exchanged through the agency for as long as desired.
- It gives adoptive parents information about their child’s biological history.
- It gives families a sense of security (studies have shown that adoptive parents in closed arrangements are more anxious about losing their child than those in open ones).
- It allows adopted children and adults to have longed-for connections to their biological family.
Benefits of Open Adoption
- The child has access to knowledge of who he/she is and better understands why the adoption decision was made.
- The child does not have to fantasize or wonder about his/her birth parents.
- Openness helps to normalize the experience and understanding of being adopted, which helps the child build self-esteem.
- It gives the child both roots and wings.
If you have more questions about open adoption or other related topics, please.
What is a closed adoption or confidential adoption?
Is there financial assistance available during the adoption process?
How do I know the family will provide a safe and loving environment for my child?
Requirements for adopting Texas
- Parenting and marriage questionnaires.
- Documentation of medical health, financial stability, character references, educational background and employment history.
- Background checks that include reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Department of Family and Protective Services and the FBI’s criminal history database.
- Home inspections that include environmental safety and fire prevention.
- Proof of secure storage of any firearms kept in the home.
- Proof of CPR/First Aid certification.
- Attendance at an eight-hour training seminar regarding adoption and infant care issues.
What is the legal process for adoption?
The State of Texas requires at least a 48-hour waiting period after the child’s birth before the legal paperwork is signed. This waiting process gives the parent(s) time to make an informed decision. Upbring does not pressure any client into choosing one option over another. If you, as the parent(s), decide to move forward with the adoption process after that 48 -hour period, Upbring will assist you in completing the documents stating your wish to relinquish parental rights.
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What if I have other questions?
For more information about the adoption process, please contact us at 1-833-80ADOPT (1-833-802-3678). You can also email Director of Adoption, Erin Patterson at [email protected] or Domestic Adoption Specialist, Kelly Keen, at [email protected].