Please remember that this information should not be used as the basis for making any legal decision. Please use appropriate resources and an attorney's advice when making legal decisions. (b) If a parent of the child is presently the spouse of the petitioner, that parent must join in the petition for adoption and further consent of that parent is not required. A hearing on the issue of consent shall be conducted by the court without a jury. If the child has not been placed for adoption by the department or a licensed child-placing agency and if the child is being adopted by a person other than the child's stepparent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle by birth, marriage, or prior adoption, the person or entity who places the child for adoption shall file the report with the department, which shall retain the copies for 99 years from the date of the adoption.
Adopting Families in Texas Adopting Families in states other than Texas Texas Adoption Statute and Law Family Code Title 5: The Parent-Child Relationship and the Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship Subtitle B: Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship Chapter 162: Adoption Subchapter A: Adoption of a Child Subchapter B: Interstate compact on the Placement of Children. (a) Subject to the requirements for standing to sue in Chapter 102, an adult may petition to adopt a child who may be adopted.
We hope to help you learn more about the child adoption laws in the State of Texas.
Please note that while we have tried to be as current as possible, laws are occasionally rewritten and/or amended; accordingly, the Texas adoption law provided below may have errors, omissions, or may not be the most current version.
In a suit for adoption, the fact that a petitioner is a member of the armed forces of the United States, a member of the Texas National Guard or the National Guard of another state, or a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States may not be considered by the court, or any person performing a social study or home screening, as a negative factor in determining whether the adoption is in the best interest of the child or whether the petitioner would be a suitable parent.
PRE-ADOPTIVE HOME SCREENING AND POST-PLACEMENT REPORT. In a suit for adoption, a pre-adoptive home screening and post-placement report must be conducted as provided in Chapter 107.