ADOPTIONS IN TARRANT COUNTY
Adoptions are a beautiful thing for children and their ‘forever families.’
At the Barrows Firm, one of our favorite days of the year is Tarrant County National Adoption Day, which is held each year in November in collaboration with the Family Law Courts of Tarrant County. The committee solicits attorneys to volunteer to take and process one adoption. Many families are made whole during this annual event supported by local family law judges and their court staff. The courtrooms are decorated with balloons and stuffed animals to signify the joy of the occasion.
The role of adoption attorneys is invaluable for representing adopting parents during Texas adoption procedures. On National Adoption Day, the Barrows Firm closes its doors and our entire staff goes to the courthouse to assist in bringing adoptive parents and foster children into permanent homes. Our founder and lead attorney, Leslie Barrows, has been involved with the Tarrant County National Adoption Day program for years, and has even served as event chair.
Adoption is extremely special for both the parent and the child, and we feel privileged to help create lifelong connections and forever homes. Uniting families is one of the greatest joys our team has the honor to experience.
“I really feel like National Adoption Day is one of those rare occasions when we, as lawyers, can go down to the family law courthouse and provide the most wonderful service to these families. Bringing adoptive parents and foster children together and into permanent homes is among the most rewarding things I get to do. All of the members of my firm participate in this special event, which means we actually shut down the office for the morning on National Adoption Day.”
— Attorney Leslie Barrows
Frequently asked questions about adoption in Texas:
Who is eligible to adopt a child?
A prospective adoptive parent can be either single or married, and must:
- Be at least 21 years old and financially stable
- Complete an application to adopt
- Share background and lifestyle information
- Provide references (relative and non-relative)
- Provide proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable)
- Agree to a home study
- Submit to criminal background and child abuse checks on all adults in the household
What are the different options for adoption?
There are three essential categories:
- Private adoptions: Typically limited to the adoption of newborns.
- International adoption: Children of all ages, although many of these children are infants and toddlers.
- Adoption through Child Protective Services(CPS): Children who have been removed from their homes due to high-risk situations such as abuse, neglect or abandonment.
How to choose an adoption agency?
All adoption agencies are different, so it is crucial to research many agencies and examine all of their services and benefits before making a decision. Consider the wait times, average cost and amount of support/guidance the agency offers.
How is an adoption attorney involved with the process?
The adoption process is directed by laws and regulations that required an immense knowledge of what is required, as well as the proper way of doing it and at the correct time. An adoption attorney assists throughout the process, deals with complicated legal matters (that many adoption agencies are unable to handle) and ensures that the process is conducted successfully.