Every year, many children enter the foster care system in Texas. For a variety of reasons, including familial instability or the death of a parent, children are put into the custody of a family willing to provide care for an indefinite or temporary period. The eventual goal of state officials is to see that each kid in this situation is adopted and given a permanent home, but that is not always the case.
According to statistics from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, about 1 percent of children in foster care are adopted. Recently, one Texas teenager was adopted from the foster system, which is something that he never thought would happen. Although the legal process to adopt went smoothly for this child, adoption can create a number of issues for parents in the family law arena.
From the time he was 7 years old, the boy in this story was in foster care as the result of his mother’s death. He spent 10 years in foster homes, and didn’t think he would be adopted before becoming an adult. Just before he turned 18, the teen was adopted by a couple who had already raised adult children.
For many people, adoption is a wonderful opportunity. People who never imagined they would go through the process, find great joy in making an addition to their family. Yet the adoption process isn’t free from challenges. Whether parents seek to adopt a child in foster care or through international agencies, a number of legal issues can cause proceedings to come to a grinding halt.
In order to ensure that families can grow through adoption, it may be best to consult with an attorney. Even in cases where difficulties aren’t expected, it may still be helpful to make sure the documents are handled carefully and legal challenges don’t arise in the future.
Source: The Monitor, “Birthday wish of a lifetime: South Texas youth adopted after decade of waiting,” Jacqueline, May 10, 2013