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Adoption Attorney Located in Richardson

Helping Families Grow in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Rockwall & Denton Counties

Adoptions in Texas can be complex and harder to navigate than you may realize. While giving a child in need a safe home may be in their best interest, it can be difficult to demonstrate this to the court. At The Gauthier Law Firm, we can help you work through all of the necessary steps to pursue a legal adoption.

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Navigating the Steps of the Adoption Process

The main focus of the adoption process should always be on the child and finding them a safe and stable home. Whether you are a step-parent or grandparent looking to gain legal custody or a potential parent looking for a child who needs a new home, we're here to provide dedicated representation. You can rely on us for honest counsel and guidance.

We can help with all of the steps in the adoption process, such as:

  • Finding the non-custodial parent
  • Having the non-custodial parent give up their parental rights
  • Making an appeal to DCFS (Department of Children & Family Services)
  • Submitting to the court for review and approval
  • Communicating with agencies
  • Handling immigration matters
  • Negotiating the terms of private adoptions

Closed vs. Open Adoptions

An adoption can be a wonderful event that merges families together. However, there are a few factors to consider as not all adoptions are the same. In most cases, the family or person giving up the child will decide whether the adoption should be open or closed.

In a closed adoption, the child is adopted and no information is exchanged. The new family will get non-identifying information about the child and family and once the adoption is finalized, the record is sealed. In most cases, this information is hidden away until the child is 18 years old. In an open adoption, information and contact can be exchanged between the families. The two families can negotiate the terms, such as at what age contact will be initiated.

We can handle all forms of adoption, including:

  • International adoption
  • Foster-parent adoption
  • Adult adoption
  • Private adoption
  • Step-child adoption
  • Grandchild adoption

Contact The Gauthier Law Firm to Get Started

Whether you are thinking about pursuing adoption or you need to take immediate action, such as in the event of a death in the family, The Gauthier Law Firm can help. We have worked with many families in Texas on all types of adoptions, including closed adoptions and step-parent adoptions. Our DFW attorneys are able to help you and your family get through the legal process of adoption. We strive to make the adoption process as stress-free as possible as we navigate any speed bumps.

To speak with a dedicated legal advocate, contact our firm today at 214-377-0786.

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