November is National Adoption Awareness Month. It is a time to celebrate families that have already adopted children and give encouragement and support to those looking to adopt. For those considering adoption, our family law attorneys understand that although adoption is rewarding, it is also very emotional, time-consuming, and can lead to financial stress. Therefore, it is essential to understand the adoption process and the cost of adoption in Texas. As you start your adoption journey, C.E. Borman and Associates is here to provide helpful resources and support you along the way.
Considerations before deciding to adopt
Regardless of the reason for adoption, a big heart is usually behind wanting to be a parent. However, there are many things to consider before adoption. If you are interested in adoption, here are a few things you can do before you start the adoption process.
- Reach out to a family you know who has adopted or fostered to learn more about their experience.
- Connect with other families through online forums to discuss your experience and share support.
- Attend activities related to adoption in your area.
- Join a local support group for potential adoptive parents.
- Speak to a therapist about the challenges you could face as you go through the adoption process.
- Contact an adoption attorney who can provide the steps you need to take and answer any questions.
The cost of adoption in Texas
Deciding to adopt is a big life-changing decision, and one of the first things people consider is the cost of adoption. There are two primary ways to adopt in Texas; public or private adoption. Public adoption means that you are willing to adopt a child that has been in foster care. Private adoption is typically through a private adoption agency.
Unfortunately, there is a considerable range of how much adoption can cost with both public and private adoption, along with many factors.
These factors include;
- The adoption agency you choose
- A U.S. adoption or adoption from another country
- An infant costs more to adopt than an older child.
- Using an adoption lawyer or family law attorney can be more cost-effective than using an adoption agency
- Fostering to adopt can also be the least expensive path to adoption.
When you look at all the different factors, the range can be from a few thousand to over $60,000. So the best thing is to have a serious conversation with your partner or, if you are adopting alone, speak to an expert so you can determine the best and most cost-effective way to adopt a child.
Financial assistance for those who adopt in Texas
It is important not to be discouraged by the cost of the adoption. It’s all part of the journey. In Texas, some programs assist those looking to adopt, including DFPS Adoption Assistance. You should also check with your employer, as many companies provide financial assistance or reimburse adoption expenses. Non for profits also assist families looking to adopt by helping them acquire state grants or connect with organizations offering financial assistance.
Working with a Texas adoption attorney
Although this is a complex journey, it is also an exciting one. You must have a trusted team alongside you to ensure you have thought out the entire process and worked through all scenarios and that your family is protected from any future issues that may arise. We will work with you to answer all your questions and provide you with all the paperwork you need to secure your adoption. Our adoption attorneys look forward to working with you on this journey.
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