Adoption

Fort Worth Adoption Attorney

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Fort Worth Adoption Attorney Bob Leonard is board certified in family law.  As an adoptive parent himself, he knows the value of adoption.  Children never outgrow the need for a parent.

As a family law expert, Bob truly knows the ins and outs of the adoption process.  He will help you navigate the court system so that you can focus on your family and not on the legal details.

Whether you adopt an infant, a toddler or an older child, we make the adoption process as much a blessing for your family as your adopted child will be.

Adoption FAQs

  • In 2012, 1,255 youth in Texas aged out of foster care without a permanent, legal family
  • There are 1.5 million Adopted Children in the United States, More Than 2% of All U.S. children.
  • About 60% of Americans Have a Personal Connection to Adoption
  • The Adoption Institute’s 1997 Public Opinion Benchmark survey found that 58% of Americans know someone who has been adopted, has adopted a child or has relinquished a child for adoption.
  • Texas has one of the top 10 highest instances of teen pregnancy per year; many of these young women choosing adoption.
  • There are about 25,000-30,000 newborn adoptions each year.
  • There are around 8,000 private adoptions in Texas each year.

Adoption Process

The adoption process is pretty straightforward but there are a lot of documents and procedural items that must be done just right. It is critically important to have an experienced adoption lawyer at your side to ensure that all of the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.  The last thing you want is to have a problem later on down the road with your adoption.

Termination

If the biological parents are living, their rights will be terminated prior to an adoption.  Once you decide to adopt, let your Fort Worth adoption lawyer know as many details about the parent or parents to be terminated so that the proper legal service is obtained.

VOLUNTARY TERMINATION

If the biological parent(s) are willing to relinquish their parental rights, then they will be notified and provided with the appropriate documents for signature.  This is, by far, the simplest in terms of an adoption-termination.  The signed documents will be presented to the court at the time of the adoption.

INVOLUNTARY TERMINATION

Sometimes the biological parent will not agree to the adoption.  In this situation, as an experienced adoption attorney, Bob will provide you with options. It may be possible to negotiate or mediate, or it may require full-blown litigation.  In any case, he is well-qualified and able to handle the matter for you.

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Stepparent Adoption

If you are a stepparent looking to adopt your spouse’s child, and if the biological parent to be terminated agrees, the process is a bit more streamlined.  However, there are many legal pitfalls to avoid.  Therefore, it is still necessary to hire a skilled Fort Worth adoption attorney to handle the matter.  That way there are no worries and no mistakes.

Relative Adoption

Again, if you are a relative of the birth parent(s) and they are willingly placing their child with you, the process is simpler.  Even so, please hire an experienced adoption lawyer well-versed in family law to assist you.  Then you have the peace of mind and certainty that you have done everything in accordance with Texas law.

Foster Care Adoption

Foster care adoption is a rewarding way to offer hope to a child.  While foster care is intended to be temporary, there are many children who spend years in foster care.  Children over the age of nine are less likely to be adopted quickly than infants and young children.  Some children never find a forever home.  These children are more likely than average to end up homeless, unemployed and addicts.  If you are a foster parent who is ready to adopt, contact us today.

Tax Incentives for Adoption

Families who want to adopt worry about the cost.  There are several available adoption tax credits and benefits that may be able to offset your adoption expenses.  In 2016, the Adoption Tax Credit was a maximum $13,460.  Thus far, this tax credit has increased annually. Ask us about tax credits for adoptive families.

Bob Leonard Law Group, PLLC

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