Helping El Paso Families Navigate The Adoption System
Adoption is the legal procedure that allows a child to become part of a family. Over 6,000 children are adopted in Texas and put into loving homes every year. As a family law lawyer, Quinonez Law Firm offers adoption-related services to help adoptive and birth parents in El Paso through various phases of the adoption process.
To learn more about adoption and our adoption services, give us a call at (915) 533-0009 today!
Adoption Services We Offer
Various factors come into play depending on the circumstances of the adoption. Quinonez Law Firm is knowledgeable in all aspects of the process, including:
- Termination of Birth Parent Rights
- Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC)
- Adoption Finalization
Do you need help with an adoption or want to learn more about the adoption process? Call our El Paso adoption attorney at (915) 533-0009
Adoptions in El Paso, TX
Adoption takes many forms depending on the path to adoption and the people opting for adoption. Below are just some of the types of adoption that we work with:
- Stepparent Adoptions
- CPS Adoption
- Private Adoptions
- International Adoptions
In addition to these options, you may have to consider the relationship the birth mother will have with the child or children. There are three general categories in Texas: closed, semi-open, and open adoption.
A closed adoption means the birth mother will have little to no contact with the adoptive parents. This isn’t as common as other options but can be the best option depending on the circumstances. More commonly, an open or semi-open relationship is chosen, where the birth mother has a moderate to high level of communication and contact with their child or children.
Our legal team can help you understand all the different types of adoption and help you find what works best for you and the adoptive children.
How An El Paso Adoption Attorney Can Help
Like our child support and child custody services, our adoption services are designed to help clients with this often complex process. Our team makes sure you have all the proper documents, meet all prerequisites for adoption, and can help you navigate any challenges on the path to adoption.
For instance, the right adoption lawyer can ensure that you have the following documentation:
- Mental and physical health records
- Criminal history records
- Any social history documents
- Documents related to finances
The above does not represent all the documents you must provide, but missing any of the above could delay the process. In addition, all adoptions have to be finalized in a court setting, which generally has no problems but could be contested for various reasons. If there are issues, our child adoption attorney can represent you.
El Paso Adoption FAQs
How long does the adoption process take in Texas? –
The timeline for adoption varies on a case-by-case basis, so it’s hard to predict exactly how long your specific adoption will take. However, the average adoption bid takes anywhere from 6 months to 12 months to finalize.
How much does a Texas adoption cost? –
The cost of adoption depends on the adoption path that you choose. According to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), adoption through the state of Texas costs between $300 and $400. By contrast, a private adoption costs around $60,000.
Where do I find information about adoption agencies in Texas? –
You can find information about different adoption agencies in Texas by following this link here.
Is there an age requirement to adopt a child? –
The minimum age limit for a person to adopt is 21 years old, but there is no maximum age limit for adoption. In fact, it is very common for retirement-age individuals to adopt.
If I have my own children, can I still adopt? –
Yes! There is nothing that disallows families with their own children from adopting children.
Contact El Paso Adoption Lawyer Today
It is the right time to become a parent for a special someone that is waiting to be loved. We understand the adoption process in Texas and would be honored to handle your adoption case using our years of experience and the utmost care.
Contact our El Paso family law firm today to get started!