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What is adoption?

An adoptive family willing wants to provide a permanent home for children. They are making a lifelong commitment to a child that they will provide for his or her short and long term needs through adulthood. These families want to provide for the emotional, mental, physical, social, educational, and cultural needs according to the child's developmental age and growth.

 

What is required to become an adoptive parent?

If you are serious about adoption, you need to first start out by finding a licensed child-placing agency in State of Texas, so that a thorough study of your home can be done. This study includes training, a review of your references, and a criminal background check. If you go through a public state agency, the cost should be minimal but it could vary with private adoption agencies. In either case, there are federal income tax credits available to families who adopt children. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) will only perform a home study for those families who are willing to adopt a child waiting for adoption. Usually, the DFPS has children with special needs. These children may be:

  • School-age
  • Members of sibling groups
  • Diagnosed with disabilities or conditions that affect their physical, emotional, or medical well-being
  • African-American, Hispanic, or other Ethnic Backgrounds

 

Why doesn't DFPS place infants for adoption?

Most of the children placed in adoptive care through DFPS are ages 7-17. They do not frequently place infants for adoption because children come into temporary care of the agency because of abuse and neglect.

 

Can we look up information on the different adoption agencies in Texas?

You can locate the information about different adoption agencies located in State of Texas, by following this link: http://www.txchildcaresearch.org. You can also find here the information about every child-care facility's regulatory history of inspections and reports.

 

Can Texas children be placed out of state?

Yes they can be, but out-of-state homes must receive approval for adoption by agencies licensed or certified to approve adoptive home studies in the state where the home is located. The requirements in the Minimum Standards for Child-Placing Agencies must be met by your state's home study as well as your home. Texas is involved with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (). This is a contract among states to work with each other when it comes to placement of children.

 

Can Texas children be placed out of the country?

Usually, children from Texas cannot be placed outside the United States.

 

What is the cost of adoption, and are there any tax implications or assistance for adoption?

Adoption costs are nominal through public state agencies. Adoption assistance is available in different forms including tax credits.

 

Are there any age restrictions for adopting parents?

There is no age limit to be an adoptive parent. Older parents can be good adoptive parents for older children. There is a minimum age requirement of 21 years.

 

I am divorced, can I foster or adopt?

You are eligible to adopt if you are single, divorced, married, or widowed.

 

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I am approved to become an adoptive parent in my state. What is the next step?

You will want to review the Texas Foster Care and Adoption Information once you are approved to adopt by your state or adoption agency. If you are interested in a child you found online, use the inquiry form found at the bottom of each child's profile page to submit your interest. You may also email the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange with the name and identification number of the child you are interested in. Please include your name, address, and telephone number. Also, include the name of the agency you have selected and your caseworker's name and phone number. You may also choose to 1-800-233-3405.

 

I am not yet approved to adopt. How do I start?

If you live in another state, you may start the process by calling a licensed child-placing adoption agency in your state. Your state will have a web site for information regarding adoption. If you live in Texas, you may submit your interest to become an approved adoptive family or a licensed foster family by completing an interest form or leave a message at the Foster Care and Adoption inquiry line at 1-800-233-3405.

 

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