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Trusted Adoption Lawyers in San Antonio

Legal Representation in Texas Adoption Cases

Although an attorney cannot locate a child for a prospective parent, we can counsel you regarding your options after you have located a birth mother. There are many laws surrounding adoptions and these are determined at the state level, making it critical to work with an adoption attorney in San Antonio who is familiar with state law. Attorney Rebecca Carrillo is a Board Certified attorney in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, who can walk with you through each step of the process to ensure your case is handled correctly and effectively.

Who Can Adopt?

Under state laws, any adult age 21 or older has the legal ability to adopt if they can show they are financially stable and responsible. This includes any gender, sexual orientation, or marital status. Those seeking adoption may include stepparents looking to adopt a spouse's children from a previous marriage, as well as couples or individuals who want to start their family. In these situations and others, adoption can be an excellent solution that brings a child to a loving home. While the state allows all people to seek adoption, there may be requirements made based on the type of adoption, including whether it is a local or international adoption.

For an adoption to happen, the child's parents must terminate their parental rights. A birth father can give consent for an adoption to occur at any point prior to the child being born, but a birth mother will need to wait at least 48 hours after the birth and her signature will need to have witnesses present and be verified. Adhering to all legal regulations is imperative to an adoption, so make sure you are informed and well represented.

As another step in the adoption process, a home-study will need to be completed. This will involve an inspection of the home, parental abilities, finances, and background of the prospective adoptive parent. An abuse and neglect check will also be required on any adults to better ensure the home is a suitable location for a child. Once all steps have been completed an adoption finalization hearing will take place. A judge will ask you questions regarding your intentions for adoption and will then issue a final decree of adoption.

Our firm handles all types of adoption cases including:

  • Step-parent adoptions
  • Grandparent adoptions
  • Inter-family adoptions
  • Private adoptions
  • Adult adoptions

Adoption Attorney to Handle your Family Law Matters

In private adoptions, we handle all the legal documents that need to be signed by the birth parents. Our San Antonio adoption lawyers can also file the lawsuit to terminate the birth parents right and to grant the adoption for the adopting parents. We then assist you in obtaining new birth certificates for your child. The Law Office of Rebecca J. Carrillo proudly handles adoption cases in south Texas including Bexar County, Comal County, Guadalupe County, Travis County, and Harris County.

If you are interested in adopting, please call us at (210) 405-6623 for a consultation.

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See What Our Clients Have To Say
  • “They were always available to answer questions and walk me through the process. I cannot thank them enough!!”

    Nikki S.

  • “Our adoption went very smoothly and we are all so happy. Thank you for helping us add to our family.”

    Georgia F.

  • “Best experience! They walked me through everything and made me feel safe through the roughest time.”

    Carrie H.

  • “Always Excellent advice”

    Connie C.

  • “ I honestly don’t know what to say exactly to really get across how grateful I am to them for helping me with everything.”

    Ana S.

  • “Rebecca and Savannah are first rate people, and first rate attorneys”

    Donald V.