To become an adoptive parent you need to be at least 21 years of age, can be married or single, working or retired. Even if renting a house or an apartment, you are eligible to adopt a child if you can provide a safe, nurturing environment with adequate space for children.
Adoption is the permanent, legal transfer of parental rights and responsibilities from the State to the adoptive parent. Children of all ages, origins, ethnicities and backgrounds are waiting to be adopted. Some of the children are elementary-aged. Others are teenagers. Some are members of a sibling group. However, they all share one common thread. All of these children need a loving forever family.
We are often asked how much it can cost to adopt out of the foster care system. Adopting out of the foster care system can be fairly inexpensive. There are funds available to help you take care of your adopted child (read about that here). Adoption will vary based on circumstances unique to each child. The process of becoming approved as an adoptive parent typically lasts between three and six months and may include the following steps:
Participating in an informational orientation
Submitting a complete application and other documentation
Completing a required training program
Participating in a home study
Receiving approval to be an adoptive home.
If you are interested in learning more about the adoption process attending one of your local Fostering Hope Texas Community Summits on November 17. You will have the opportunity to meet and gather information and learn more about where to start Click the tab below to register your attendance at one of the available host church locations.