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Relative Adoptions in Austin, Texas 

 Posted on June 02, 2023 in Adoption

b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1319345660-min.jpgThe adoption process in Texas is far from being cut-and-dry. Each adoption is unique depending on the adoptive parents, the adoption type, and the birth mother. In some cases, relatives, such as aunts, uncles, and grandparents, may take over a child's care if the biological parents are unable or unwilling to do so. Relative  adoption with or without parental consent requires court intervention so the court can determine the child's best interests first. 

Stepparent Adoption

Stepparent adoption is a significant step for a blended family. Parents can start the process by petitioning for adoption and getting the child's consent (if the child is older than 12). If the biologial parents are both living, they must both consent to the adoption.

Open Adoption Versus Closed Adoption 

In an open adoption, both parents (birth and adoptive parents) are in contact with each other during adoption. The birth parents have the opportunity to have a strong connection with the child and the adoptive parents if it can be maintained. 

In a semi-open adoption, both sets of parents maintain indirect contact via third parties. This can include an adoption specialist. Like an open adoption, a semi-open adoption allows the birth parents to remain involved in their child’s life even after the adoption. However, the contact is negotiable and may take place through video calls, emails, or mail instead of in-person meetings. 

In a closed adoption, the birth parents and the child do not communicate. The birth parents are not involved in the adoptive parents’ lives or the child’s life. This may be the best option if the child was adopted because the birth parents were convicted of crimes against the child or suffer from a severe drug addiction. 

Get in Touch With a Travis County Adoption Attorney 

The adoption process can be overwhelming, especially for first-timers. A Travis County adoption attorney from Powers Kerr & Rashidi, PLLC, can help you through the process and explain your options. Contact us for a confidential consultation by dialing 512-610-6199



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