If you live in Texas and are thinking about adopting a child, it is important to do your research. The process can be challenging if you do not know what to expect; and, if you need financial assistance, there are resources available – provided that you know where to look. You can use the resources linked below to learn more about adopting in Texas; and, if you live in the McKinney area, we encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced family lawyers.

Free Resources for Prospective Parents with Questions about Adoption

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – Adoption Resources

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is the state agency tasked with protecting children from abuse, exploitation and neglect. Its website provides a wealth of information for prospective parents, including an overview of the adoption process and a summary of Texas’ adoption assistance program

Texas DFPS – Children Waiting for Adoption in Texas

The Texas DFPS maintains a searchable database of children awaiting adoption in Texas. You need to create an account and complete a family profile in order to view a child’s complete profile, but you can find basic information about children waiting for adoption without going through this process.

Texas Adoption Statute

Although it is dense and filled with legalese, the Texas adoption statute provides information about the requirements for a child to be eligible for adoption, requirements for prospective parents, and the steps and documentation involved in the adoption process. It may be a useful resource if you have questions about a specific aspect of initiating or finalizing an adoption.

Collin County Department of Development Services – Foster and Adoption Home Inspection

If you live in Collin County, you will need to apply for an adoption inspection through the Collin County Department of Development Services. You can learn more and download the application form on the official Collin County website.

Private Adoption Agencies in Texas

If you are considering a private adoption, you can find a list of licensed adoption agencies on the Texas DFPS website. In addition to finding contact information and other details, you can also view agencies’ regulatory histories.

Planning for Adoption: Knowing the Costs and Resources

Planning for Adoption: Knowing the Costs and Resources is a factsheet published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It includes information about different types of adoptions, tax credits and other financial incentives, and additional government and private resources for prospective parents.

North American Council on Adoptable Children – Adopting in Texas

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) is an advocacy group supporting adoptive families and adoption professionals. Its website includes a useful list of frequently-asked questions (FAQs) about the laws, rules and requirements that apply to Texas adoptions.

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation at Nordhaus Walpole, PLLC

For more information about what you can expect when seeking to adopt in Texas, please contact us to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our McKinney family attorneys. You can reach us by phone at (214) 726-1450, or send us a message online and we will respond as soon as possible.