Adoption Professionals in Texas
How American Adoptions is the Agency for You
The choice of adoption is incredibly selfless, loving and heroic. Finding the best possible home for your child, and a prospective adoptive family giving a child a loving and nurturing home, is life-changing — which is why working with the right Texas adoption professionals is important.
- We specialize in private domestic adoptions.
- Despite having a large national presence, we offer local convenience in the state of Texas.
- Our agency is a one-stop shop for everything your adoption in Texas requires.
There are many different types of Texas adoption professionals, but how do you know who to work with for adoption in Texas?
This article will provide information and different adoption professionals in Texas, and explain how you can have the best experience during the adoption journey.
You can get more information on starting your private domestic adoption in Texas by calling 1-800-ADOPTION, or head to our website to fill out either our prospective birth parent information form or our prospective adoptive family information request form.
For now, continue reading for a breakdown of available Texas adoption professionals.
Texas Adoption Agencies — What Do They Do?
Licensed and regulated, Texas adoption agencies provide the services and support needed for completing an adoption in the Lone Star State. While adoption without the use of a placement agency is possible, in most cases, working with an adoption agency in Texas is required. The risk when not working with a licensed agency is that your adoption won’t be completed, or at a minimum won’t be conducted ethically and safely.
The process of adoption in Texas can be complicated, so you want the most experienced professionals working in your best interests and the interests of the child.
Some of the many services adoption agencies in Texas provide are:
- Help connect prospective birth mothers and adoptive families
- Provide legal services
- Adoption hospital planning
- Guidance in completing a Texas home study
- And more
By not working with an adoption agency, these services are much harder to come by and the success of your adoption may suffer.
At American Adoptions, we specialize in private domestic adoption and are ready to help you with all of your adoption needs. As a full-service, national adoption agency, we have a larger database of prospective birth mothers and available adoptive families with shorter wait times for matching.
Many of our adoption professionals are adoptees, adoptive parents or birth parents, and with more than 30 years of experience completing adoptions, we are prepared to help you have the same amazing adoption journey.
Kelly found our agency and immediately felt the support from her adoption specialist.
“I called American Adoptions and became in contact with an adoption specialist. I felt an immediate connection. I was depressed and unsure of everything and she was very understanding and patient, never pressuring me about anything. She gave me nothing but encouragement and support. She answered all of my questions and when I had nothing to say she let me cry.”
These are a few of our unique Texas adoption services:
- An adoption plan designed to meet the specific adoption needs of our birth moms
- Using specified and desired personality traits, lifestyle choices, religious views and other identifiable attributes to help birth mothers and adoptive families connect through common interests
- 24/7 emotional support and counseling
- Financial assistance for pregnancy-related living expenses
- An industry-leading risk-sharing program that protects our adoptive families
- An adoption hospital plan tailored to the needs of our birth mothers
- And more
Because we require all of our adoptive families to be open in adoption, we strongly encourage prospective birth mothers to have “open” or “semi-open” adoptions. This creates a level of connection and helps build the foundation of a lifelong relationship and bond. You can get more information on adoption agencies and Texas adoption services when you call 1-800-ADOPTION and speak with one of our adoption professionals.
Texas Adoption Attorneys [How You Can Get Free Legal Services]
Regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, you must use the services of a legal professional to complete an adoption in Texas. There are numerous important legal steps to completing an adoption and without the help of an experienced Texas adoption attorney, you won’t be able to complete your adoption in Texas.
It is possible to just use an adoption attorney, meaning they would handle the termination of parental rights and take care of the adoption paperwork needed to submit to a judge. The downside to relying solely on an adoption attorney is the lack of additional support services, including financial assistance for pregnancy-related medical expenses, as well as the potential that they are unable to match birth mothers and adoptive families.
Our agency offers free legal representation to prospective birth mothers. We allow the legal aspect of the adoption to be handled by professional attorneys while our adoption professionals help facilitate the matching process and provide additional support to everyone involved.
Adoption Law Centers [Are They Trustworthy?]
Unlike licensed adoption attorneys, adoption law centers are lawyer-owned corporations that act like adoption agencies but are not licensed or regulated the same as an actual adoption agency. While they tend to have larger advertising budgets dedicated to reaching prospective birth mothers, their lack of regulation, oversight and a greater chance of disruptions are just a few of the disadvantages to working with a Texas adoption law center.
Typically, reasons as to why a family would consider a law center include:
- They want to adopt quickly
- A lack of concern for potential financial risk or loss
- They are gender-specific
- They are looking for more control over the legal side of an adoption
- They don’t value the expertise or contributions of a social worker
Because Texas adoption laws can be very specific, it’s best to work with a licensed adoption professional that knows how to navigate the legal aspect of your adoption. Remember, through our agency, we connect you with the very best legal professionals that will work for you ethically and morally to ensure your Texas adoption is legally finalized.
To get more information about the legal professionals our agency works with, as well as questions about adoption attorneys and law centers, call 1-800-ADOPTION today.
Texas Adoption Facilitators [Risk vs. Reward]
Similar to adoption law centers, facilitators are unlicensed and unregulated. Where a law center will find an attorney to work on the legal aspect of adoption but won’t match birth mothers and families, adoption facilitators will provide matching services but are unable to address the legal steps of a Texas adoption.
Adoption facilitators are not reviewed by government agencies, meaning there is a higher risk of not complying with state regulations.
When comparing the risk vs. reward, working with an agency like American Adoptions guarantees the stability and trust that the entirety of the adoption process is being handled safely, smoothly and ethically.
You Can Start Your Adoption Journey Today
Adoption is an emotional journey that requires a unique level of support and specific services to make sure the process is being handled with care. To get more information on our Texas adoption services, call 1-800-ADOPTIONS or go online and ask Michelle, an adoption specialist and birth mother herself, ready to answer questions about adoption professionals in Texas. Our online information forms for prospective birth parents and hopeful adoptive families are available as well.
We have offices located at:
Dallas/Fort Worth Area Office
700 N Carroll Avenue
Southlake, TX 76092
2100 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
3800 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756
San Antonio Office
1100 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78213
El Paso Office
221 N. Kansas St.
El Paso, TX 79901
Laredo, TX 78040
Other Adoption Professionals in Texas
Aside from private domestic adoption, there are options for foster care and international adoption in Texas. The foster care system is a way for hopeful adoptive families to grow, however, the goal of foster care is to provide a child in need a safe and nurturing environment until they are able to be reunited with their biological parents. Foster care also tends to have children with special needs, sibling pairs or older children needing a home.
International adoption, while available, is far less common. There are complex Federal laws associated with international adoptions, which is why working with a Hague-accredited international adoption agency is highly recommended.
Foster care agencies
- Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
- Foster in Texas
- Pathways Youth and Family Services
International Adoption Agencies
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