There is no greater calling than that of parenthood, and many times that calling is fulfilled through adoption. There are many different ways to adopt a child, but all Texas adoptions have certain things in common. When a child is adopted, the legal relationship between adoptive parents and child is the same as if the child was born to those parents.
A child may be adopted by a married couple or a single adult, so long as the court overseeing the adoption finds that the adoption is in the best interests of the child. Similarly, a parent of any race may adopt a child of any race, with limited exceptions regarding Native American children. The focus of the court is always on what is best for the child involved.
At May and May, having the opportunity to help a family grow through adoption gives us great joy. If you are considering adopting a child, or surrendering a child for adoption, we will advise and counsel you through every step of this process.
Just as not all families look the same, adoptions, too, may take many different forms. Adoptees may be newborns, older children or teens, and even, in some cases, adults. An adoption may take place domestically within the United States, or internationally. Adopting families might work through an agency, or privately through attorneys. Biological parents and adoptive parents may choose to have contact with each other, through an open adoption, or keep their identities private in a closed adoption.
Families may choose to adopt one child, or a sibling group, through foster parent adoption. A relative such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle, may choose to adopt the child of a relative who is no longer able to care for him or her. And, of course, stepparents may adopt stepchildren, giving legal status to the family that they have created by marrying their spouse.
Adoption creates rights and responsibilities for adoptive children and parents, and severs those same rights and responsibilities in biological family members. Before committing to an adoption, all parties involved should understand, from a legal standpoint, what they are gaining and giving up.
The attorneys of May and May have extensive experience helping Texas families through the adoption process, no matter what form it takes. We will explain what you need to know and make sure the legal requirements are properly addressed so that the process will be joyful, as it should be.
The attorneys of May and May in Frisco, Texas represent families and individuals in Collin County and Denton County in all types of adoptions, including:
Attorney Marc May is Board Certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has over 30 years of practice experience in family law matters, including adoption.
May and May serves clients in Collin County, Denton County, and the surrounding areas of North Texas. We invite you to explore our website and to contact our law firm to learn more about how we can help you.