No matter how sure you are that you are a good candidate for adoption, you’ll need a judge to confirm it before the adoption becomes official.

While going through a court proceeding may seem like a hassle, everyone has the same goal: the safety and well-being of the child.

Before filing an adoption petition with the court, consider hiring a family attorney like Leslie or Charles at Werner Law Group. If you’re just getting started, start by reviewing these tips to understand what the court will look for in your adoption hearing.

The best interest of the child standard

Before granting a final decree of adoption, a judge will need to confirm that the adoption is in the best interest of the child.

Home studies and testimony in court will often help the judge determine whether the prospective parent or parents would provide the child with a stable and secure home. 

Sometimes, the court will appoint a disinterested third party to act as the child’s legal representative. 

Requirements for adoption in Texas

In addition to meeting the best interest of the child standard, you’ll have to meet a few basic requirements

In Texas, an adoption candidate must prove that he or she is: 

  • At least 21 years old
  • Financially stable
  • Able to pass a criminal background check

The candidate can be either single or married. If married, however, both prospective parents must file the petition together, and both must meet the minimum requirements for adoption. 

What to expect at the adoption hearing

Appearing in court may seem intimidating, but an adoption hearing is actually a fairly simple procedure that usually lasts less than 15 minutes.

Try to use it as an opportunity to celebrate the adoption and affirm your commitment to raising the child.

During the hearing, the judge will review the paperwork and confirm that you will provide a loving home for the child. He or she may also ask you about your motivations for adopting the child and make sure you understand the commitment. 

Adoption is an exciting prospect for most families! To ensure a smooth adoption process, contact The Werner Law Group by calling 361-578-7200.