Whether you are creating your family or placing your child for adoption, Gaydos Duffer, P.C. is the adoption firm in Dallas – Fort Worth that specializes in family formation matters and available to assist you with your adoption.
A private adoption matter is when a birth family and prospective adoptive family have come together by means of someone other than an adoption agency. In a private adoption, the prospective adoptive family cannot provide living expenses or pay or promise anything of monetary value other than reasonable counseling/social worker fees, legal fees, and medical expenses to the birth family. If the birth family is in need of living expenses you must involve a licensed agency. If you’ve been connected with a birth family, contact Gaydos Duffer to discuss your next steps.
Recognition of Foreign Decree of Adoption
Depending on your child’s immigration status when you brought your child home to the United States, Texas law provides for you to have your foreign decree of adoption recognized under the laws of the State of Texas. A recognition of the foreign adoption, will allow you to obtain a new Texas birth certificate for your child naming you as the legal parent(s) of the child and changing the child’s name, if necessary, by petitioning the court to issue an order recognizing your foreign decree of adoption. Gaydos Duffer is here to help walk you through the final steps of your foreign adoption.
Gaydos Duffer understands that every step of the adoption process is important but can be overwhelming. From the initial contracts you are asked to enter with an adoption agency to ensuring that parental rights of a birth family are property terminated so that you can finalize your adoption. Attorney Lauren Duffer understands the importance of adoptive parents’ rights and can guide you through the process from helping you identify a reputable adoption agency to finalizing your adoption (depending on the particular circumstances of your adoptive situation). Lauren has over 15 years of experience in adoption and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you during this exciting time for your family.
Finalization of Adoption
Gaydos Duffer understands that the day you finalize your adoption is a very special day for you, your family and closest friends. We welcome the opportunity to share in this day with you. Our team members’ experience and expertise in adoption law makes our firm one of the few in Dallas – Fort Worth who specialize in this area. We have a long history of helping families finalize their adoptions and enjoy assisting our clients in every sort of adoption including from adult, step-parent or second parent, and same sex adoptions.
In the event that the prospective adoptive family or the birth family lives in a state other than Texas, you must comply with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (“ICPC”). ICPC requires that the state where the baby is born and the state where the prospective adoptive family lives to both approve the baby crossing state lines. In an interstate adoption, the baby must remain in the state where he or she was born until both states approve the baby crossing state lines. Often, prospective parents will be required to stay in the state where the baby is born for 7-10 business days. If you are are embarking upon an interstate adoption, contact Gaydos Duffer today to consult regarding the process.
Birth Parent Representation
Making the decision to place your child for adoption can be difficult, and the representation of an adoption attorney is important. Gaydos Duffer understands that the decision you are making is not only difficult, but also emotional. It is imperative that you understand the legal consequences of what you’re signing and that you have a confidential forum to ask any legal questions you may have regarding placing your child for adoption. Our adoption team is here to answer any questions you may have regarding the termination of parental rights and adoption process.
DISCLAIMER: TEXAS LAW DOES NOT ALLOW AN ATTORNEY TO LOCATE A CHILD FOR YOU OR TO MATCH BIRTH PARENTS AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS.