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Adoption After Relinquishing Parental Rights

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Baby Don is about to begin his life as a healthy infant, but his life will start in foster care. As an orphan in Fort Worth, he would probably love nothing more than to have loving parents.

KENS 5 reports that Baby Don didn't start his life as normal infant. He was born just before Christmas of last year without a chin. Every breath that Don took was a struggle. His mother relinquished her parental rights; leaving Baby Don in foster care.

Section 161.103 of the Texas Family Code allows for voluntary relinquishment of parental rights under certain circumstances. If the termination of the parent-child relationship is in the best interest of the child, a parent may sign away their rights to the child 48 hours after the child is born. The law lists certain situations in which voluntary relinquishment of parental rights is appropriate. Texas family law attorneys often help with the process of getting parental rights relinquished.

In the case of Baby Don, KENS 5 reports that the child found a new adoptive mother, father, and older sister through Fort Worth's Gladney Center for Adoption. Before the adoption was finalized, Baby Don had to spend two months in Cook Children's Medical Center. The infant had to undergo surgery in order to reshape the jaw bone.

The baby's surgeon, Dr. Sasha Obaid, said that without the surgery the baby would have had a difficult life. He told KENS 5, "He would be leaving the hospital today with a hole in his neck, with a tube in his stomach to eat, he would not be able to speak; he wouldn't be able to speak for years."

Related Resources:

  • Consent to Adoption: Introduction (FindLaw)
  • Law on Adoption - Texas (FindLaw)
  • Texas Family Law Attorneys Directory (FindLaw)

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