Why should you consider kinship adoption 

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Adoption |

Sometimes, due to difficult circumstances, a child may need to be placed outside of their biological parents’ care. In Texas, kinship adoption offers a solution that does not need to overhaul the child’s life by allowing a relative to step in and become the child’s legal parent.  

What are the benefits of kinship adoption? 

Kinship adoption potentially benefits both children and their families. Children adopted by relatives get to keep their family connections, which could lead to greater stability and security growing up. Living with family members can also help maintain the child’s sense of cultural identity, which can be especially crucial during a time of upheaval. For relatives, kinship adoption allows them to provide a safe and nurturing home for a loved one in need. 

Who is qualified to adopt? 

Each state has different requirements for adoption. In Texas, you can adopt a relative if you are: 

  • At least 21 years old 
  • Financially capable 
  • A resident of Texas for at least six months  
  • Healthy enough to care for the child 
  • Able to provide a stable and loving home in a familiar environment 

Family members can adopt their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings and cousins. If the child is 12 years or older, Texas law will require them to consent to the adoption by signing a formal document provided by a legal professional.  

What is the process for kinship adoption? 

After filling out an application to adopt, the process generally involves the following steps: 

  • Home study: A licensed agency will assess if your home environment and parenting ability is adept for childcare. 
  • Background checks: Adults living in the household must submit to criminal history and child abuse checks. 
  • Termination of parental rights: Unless the biological parents are deceased, the court will terminate their rights. They may also choose to surrender their parental rights voluntarily. 
  • Court hearing: A judge will review your case and finalize the adoption. 

Kinship adoption can be a wonderful way to keep families connected while providing a child with a healthy, permanent and loving home. Understanding the process of kinship adoption in Texas can help you make informed decisions. For more extensive information, you may seek legal guidance to support your journey in creating a home for a child in need. 





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