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Adoption in Houston

Adoption involves the creation of a parent-child relationship between individuals who are not biologically related. The adopted child is given the rights, privileges, and duties of a child and heir by the adoptive family.

Since adoption was not recognized at common law, all adoption procedures in the United States are regulated by statute. In Texas the adoption law is Fam. Ch. 162.D01.

Adoption statutes prescribe the conditions, manner, means, and consequences of adoption. In addition, they specify the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. The long and complicated road that leads to an approval for adoption can usually best be handled by a Houston family law attorney.

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How to Adopt a Child Abroad

In 2012, Texas had the most adoptions finalized abroad, according to the U.S. Department of State's Office of Children's Issues.

But how does international adoption, called "intercountry adoption," work exactly?

Intercountry adoptions involve two major steps: adoption and immigration.

Birth Father Wins Custody After Wife Secretly Gives Child Away

Can you imagine losing your child to adoption, without your consent? That's the nightmare that a former Texas father had to endure.

When Terry Achane and his wife Tira Bland split, they didn't sort out the custody details, it would seem. Bland was pregnant and Achane headed off to South Carolina.

Little did he know that Bland made plans for adoption. He only found out once his daughter was adopted by a Utah family. The girl was adopted by Jared and Kristi Frei. The Frei family has been ordered to turn the baby over to her birth father, but they plan to appeal the court's decision.

33 Foster Kids Find Permanent Home on National Adoption Day

Thirty three children were adopted last week in Montgomery County on November 14, in commemoration of National Adoption Day, reports The Woodlands Villager.

These children came from foster homes and have been under the supervision of the Texas Children’s Protective Services.

Adoption day is a big day in Montgomery County. The county is a good one for foster kids, leading the state in foster care adoptions.

Does an Adopted Child Have Inheritance Rights?

Does an adopted child have inheritance rights, once the adoption decree is finalized?

The simple answer is yes, but it gets a bit more complicated than that. Does an adopted child inherit through his birth parents, his adopted parents, or through some combination of the two?

Laws about the inheritance rights of adopted children vary state by state. But for our intent and purposes, we'll look to Texas law to answer the question.

'Baby Moses Law' Offers Safe Haven for Abandoned Newborns

It's always surprising to many parents that some mothers abandon their infants. Unfortunately, it was happening with enough frequency, and with fatal results, that the Texas legislature in 1999 passed the "Baby Moses Law" to provide an option to those who felt the need to abandon their newborns.

The law allows for a parent to leave a child at a fire station, hospital, or other emergency caregiver up to 60 days after the child's birth.

So how exactly does the law work?

How to Adopt an Adult in Texas

Is there an adult in your life who acts like a child? Or maybe you've married someone who has adult children, and you want them to inherit from you and enjoy other benefits of being in a parent-child relationship?

While there used to be limited reasons to adopt an adult, now there are definite financial benefits for an adult adoption. For example, now that children can be covered by a parent's medical insurance until they turn 26, adopting an adult child could allow that person to stay on your insurance.

So how do you adopt an adult in Texas?

Dallas Mother Tries to Sell Child in Classifieds; That'll Work

It has probably crossed every parent's mind at one point while they're raising their children. That thought that maybe they could just use some time away from the kids and regroup and refresh.

One woman took this idea to the extreme and thought that maybe she could profit off of it in the meantime. Brittany Hill, a Dallas mother, thought that $4,000 was a fair price for her baby, so she allegedly put the baby boy "Eden" up for sale in the classifieds, reports WFAA TV. A woman from out of state traveled to Dallas to purchase the boy, but then got cold feet and called the cops.

Father's Day Possible for Hopeful Same-Sex Parents in Houston

Father's Day is this coming weekend, so make sure you've got your plans or presents ready to go before you check out for the week. While the day is meant to honor the other half of our chromosome, it can bring stress and sadness to those who are trying to become parents, same-sex or otherwise.

However, there is always hope as there become more and more options to becoming a father (genetic or not). In Texas, there are options for adoption or even surrogacy for same-sex couples who want to raise a child. One couple in Houston has successfully gone through the surrogacy process and has a blog tracking their path to fatherhood on the Houston Chronicle's website.

Kids Watch Mother Killed by Her Own SUV; Who Gets Kids

The Houston Chronicle reports that during the first week of June, six children watched their mother die when her SUV drove her over and dragged her into a house. According to KHOU, the woman's name was Cherie Rangel. Rangel was viewing a house to buy with her six children when she decided she needed to move her SUV to make room for the real estate agent.

Rangel stood outside the vehicle and put the SUV in drive, asking her 11-year-old daughter to press the brake when it had moved a few inches, reported KHOU. At that point, the 11-year-old mistook the gas for the brake and slammed on the gas, causing the SUV to jump forward, pulling Rangel under the SUV, rolling over her, and then dragging her into the house they were going to view.

Five Ways to be a Mommy in Texas

Mother’s Day is Sunday. ‘Tis quite the important day, celebrating the person responsible for our life, our birth, and the genetic code that leads to our charm and good looks.

In light of the miracle of motherhood, and in appreciation for our mothers, we’d like to bring you five ways to join the party and create your own little miracles.