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What Is Adoption in Texas?

Every year, hopeful parents throughout the U.S. turn to adoption because it offers a wonderful way to start, grow or complete their families. It also offers a child the chance to grow up in a nurturing home, surrounded by people who love them.

So, if you’re looking for more information about adoption, then you’ve come to the right place. At American Adoptions of Texas, we can provide you with all the details you need to decide whether adoption is the best way to build your family.

As one of the leading private domestic adoption agencies in the U.S., we’ll answer questions like, “What is adoption in Texas?” and, “How will we know adoption is the right choice for us?”

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a child, then you can fill out our free online contact form or call us at 1-800-ADOPTION.

Here is our complete guide to adoption that explains how to plan for it, what it means for all who are involved and how to get started.

What Is Adoption in Texas?

Adoption is when a person or couple takes legal responsibility for a child who they are not biologically related to. In some cases, though, a relative will adopt a child because the parents are not fit to raise them. This is known as “relative adoption.”

When it comes to the private adoption process in Texas, there are a few steps to follow, and it often includes the following:

You can get more specific information on the adoption process when you check out our complete guide.

Who Is Involved in the Adoption?

Considering adoption in Texas can be a complex decision. But, having an adoption agency like American Adoptions to guide you along the way is beneficial.  Besides the professionals, those who are directly involved in the adoption include:

  • The adoptive parent(s)

  • The adoptee

  • The birth parent(s)

Also known as the adoptive triad, each member plays a crucial part in the process.

Adoptive Parents

Adults who adopt a child have the opportunity to see their parenting dreams become a reality.

Hopeful adoptive parents will get to experience the special enjoyment and adventures that come with raising a child. They’ll also have the added benefit of knowing that they are providing a loving family to a child. Every child deserves to know the love, safety and permanence of a family.

Hundreds of adoptive families have completed their adoption journeys with American Adoptions. You can view some of their adoption stories here and see how the gift of a child through adoption impacted their lives.


What is an adoption in Texas like for an adoptee?

The domestic adoption process in Texas creates a loving and stable family for a child. Adoptees will have many different feelings and emotions when it comes time to tell them about their adoption experiences. It’s best to be open and honest with them so that they know their biological parents made the selfless decision to give them a better life.

Most adoptees agree that an open adoption can incredibly impact their relationship with their biological parents.

With open adoption, adoptees grow up knowing that they have birth parents who love and care for them. They’ll also have the chance to meet with them regularly throughout their life.

For many adoptees, the ability to speak with and get to know their birth parents is an amazing experience.

Birth Parents

What is private adoption in Texas like for birth parents?

Placing a child for adoption can be a difficult decision for birth parents. But, many choose adoption because they know that they’re giving their child the best chance at a wonderful future. Adoption also enables birth parents to pursue their own futures, whether that’s their careers, educations or other dreams.

When a birth parent chooses open adoption, they can still watch their child grow up. Open adoption allows adoptive and birth parents to connect throughout the child’s life.

Communication can take place through:

  • Cards and letters

  • Emails and pictures

  • In-person visits

  • Video calls

  • Or whatever the birth mother feels comfortable with

Planning for Adoption [What You Need to Know]

When you decide to pursue adoption, knowing what legal and ethical steps you need to take are vital.

Our adoption specialists at American Adoptions will guide you through the Adoption Planning Questionnaire. The APQ will help you identify your preferences for the adoption because you’ll have several important decisions to make.

Type of Adoption

One of the first decisions you should make is how you want to adopt your child. Many hopeful adoptive parents wonder, “What is domestic adoption in Texas?” or “What is private adoption?” There are several kinds of adoption you can choose from, such as:

The type of adoption you wish to pursue will impact your next steps.

Level of Openness

You will decide how much communication you want with the birth parents before, during and after placement. You’ll decide if you want:

  • An open adoption: You’ll have direct contact with the birth parents throughout your child’s life.

  • A semi-open adoption: An adoption professional will mediate all contact.

  • A closed adoption: You will have no contact with the birth parents.

Remember, the level of openness in the adoption is ultimately up to the birth parents. And, if you work with American Adoptions, we require all hopeful adoptive families to agree to some level of open adoption.

Planning for Parenting

Another important part of planning for adoption is considering how your life will change after you become a parent.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • Will our child go to day care?

  • Will either of us become stay-at-home parents?

  • Will we join a parenting support group?

  • Will our extended family be supportive?

  • How will we talk with our child about their adoption?

One of our professionals can help answer these questions as you prepare for your adoption.

Moving Forward and Getting Started

So, you’ve asked yourself, “What is adoption in Texas?” Now it’s time to start your adoption journey.

At American Adoptions, we want your adoption experience to be as smooth as possible. Call 1-800-ADOPTION now to speak with an adoption specialist.

You can also visit our website and fill out our contact form to get more free information now.

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