Texas Adoption Law
Legal adoption is the best way to secure parental rights and protect family bonds when non-biological parents are taking care of, or want to parent a child they are caring for. CHA Law Group represents Central Texas families interested in building or confirming the legal status of their families through legal adoption in a wide range of circumstances.
In some cases, like grandparent adoption, the child is a relative. In others, one parent has already adopted—perhaps through a CPS adoption—and a second-parent adoption is needed. In yet others, a step-parent wants to adopt. Or an interstate adoption (also known as an ICPC adoption), or even international adoption, is desired. CHA Law Group has represented families in Central Texas in all of these arrangements. (Check out LGBTQ+ Law for more about second-parent adoptions by a same-sex spouse or partner.)
Best Adoption Attorney in Austin award-winner (per Austin Monthly magazine) for two years and counting, Family Lawyer Christine Andresen Knows the Ins and Outs of Legal Adoption in the State of Texas
Sometimes, the biological parents are in agreement with the adoption and the process consists of no more than some paperwork and an uncontested hearing that will feel easy if you have the right attorney. Other times, one or more of the biological parents are not in agreement and there needs to be a contested adoption hearing, like a trial.
If Legal Adoption isn’t an Option, There are Other Ways you can Protect the Children in Your Life
In some families’ situations, a full adoption isn’t necessary or something the family wants. Joint managing conservatorship (shared custody) or even power of attorney to make medical and educational decisions are alternatives to adoption that CHA Law Group can discuss with you.