Adopting a child requires a great deal of responsibility, and the state of Texas takes the requirements all prospective parents must meet to adopt very seriously. It wants to ensure that they are capable of providing a child with a stable, safe and healthy home.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services explains that there are some basic requirements you must meet, as well as some additional requirements the state mandates, to ensure the best home possible for children coming from the foster system.
Basic requirements for adoption
Texas will allow you to adopt regardless of your marital status, meaning you do not need to be in a marriage. You do have to be at least 21 years old, however. The state also looks for financial stability and emotional maturity.
To adopt a child, you will have to allow the state to conduct a thorough background check. This will include talking to people who know you and who can attest to your ability to parent a child. If other adults live in your home, then they will also have to undergo background checks.
In addition, you will have to submit to a home study where someone visits your home, assesses its condition and speaks with everyone in your household about the adoption. You will need to attend training courses to learn about abused and neglected children, since many children in the foster system come from such backgrounds.
Additional criteria for eligibility
The state will want to ensure that you are fully capable of providing a safe home and that you can commit to giving the adopted child the attention and care they will need. To do this, the state will ensure that you do not already have too many children in your home. You can not have more than six children in your household if you wish to adopt.
Inspections will be performed to make sure that you have enough space in your home for a new child and that your home is safe. You will also need to attend multiple training classes and receive certification for both first aid and CPR. If you have pets in your home, then they must all be up-to-date on vaccinations before you can bring an adopted child into your home.