Houston Adoption Lawyers
Adoption Attorneys Helping Families Throughout Texas
Adoption is a legal arrangement where parental rights are transferred from
the natural or birth parents to the adoptive parents. At Hendershot, Cannon
& Hisey, P.C., we are dedicated advocates for prospective parents,
stepparents, grandparents, foster parents, same-sex families and biological
parents alike - and we encourage you to reach out to us and speak personally
with a member of our legal team about your adoption needs.
We have 26 plus years of experience helping families through the adoption
Private adoptions: including relative adoptions, surrogates or other private channels such
as knowing a birth mother who is wanting to place her child for adoption.
Our attorneys can assist with
surrogacy agreements, adoption petitions, relinquishment paperwork (and
termination of parental rights), and ICPC compliance matters for adoptions across state-lines.
Stepparent adoptions: including situations that involve the other biological parent consenting
OR objecting to the proposed adoption.
Stepparents adopting their step-children is not only a meaningful act, it's also a legally essential one because
without a legal guardian status -
stepparents have no rights to protect their children in the event that the biological parent dies, is incarcerated, or otherwise
becomes unable to perform his or her parental duties.
- Even if the other biological parent refuses to relinquish their rights
– it does not mean there can’t be a successful adoption. We
have helped many stepparents in these situations. We can also assist biological
parents who want to retain their parental rights when a stepparent seeks
to adopt their child.
Second Parent Adoptions: whether it involves the child of one of the parents from a former marriage,
relationship, a private agency adoption, or any other arrangement. While
Texas has no formal prohibition on same-sex adoptions, Texas family courts
handle these cases inconsistently - which is why retaining a skilled adoption
attorney is recommended.
Grandparent Adoptions: for grandparents raising their grandchildren. Benefits of becoming a legal
guardian for your grandchild often simplifies everyday tasks, such as
obtaining a passport, enrolling him or her in school, taking them to the
doctor and making medical decisions for him or her.
We also provide legal counsel for clients adopting through an adoption
agency. To schedule a consultation, call
(713) 909-7323 or complete an online form.
The Adoption Process in Texas
For all types of adoptions, there are certain processes and requirements
which must be met before an adoption can be finalized. To start, a biological
parent must terminate their rights through voluntarily relinquishment
or termination by the State due to abandonment, abuse/neglect, or being
deemed as an unfit parent.
Other procedures and prerequisites may include:
- The child must have lived with the proposed adoptive parent for at least
- Presentation of criminal records and background checks to the court
- Home visits, otherwise known as a home study (with all members of the family
present). This may include an interview of the adoptive parents
- Letters of references from relatives and non-relatives
- Assembly of financial documents supporting financial stability
- Consent to the adoption if the child is over 12 years of age
- For interstate adoptions - Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
(ICPC) compliance verification measures for both the sending and receiving
states. Interstate adoption cases require adoptive parents to have legal
counsel in both Texas and the state where the child currently lives.
Strong, Hands-on Representation for your Family Law Needs
At Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C., we stand ready to put our 26-plus
years of experience and legal recognition in family law to work for you,
and resolve your adoption and child custody legal matters.
For strong, hands-on representation, get in touch with our adoption lawyers
and discover what sets us apart. Complete an online form or call
to request a confidential case evaluation today.