Child Adoption Attorney in Houston

Understanding When Adoption is the Best Solution

When a child’s natural parent or parents are unable to care for him or her due to unfitness, abandonment, death, or some other tragic circumstance, the adoption system creates an opportunity for someone to step in and take on the responsibilities of a parent.

At Connolly & Shireman, our Houston adoption attorneys represent clients seeking to adopt children in a wide variety of circumstances. Whether you’re seeking an adoption after termination of parental rights, an adoption by grandparents, or a step-parent adoption, our experienced lawyer can help you negotiate this process with skill and confidence. To discuss your adoption options, contact us to schedule a consultation.

Adoption After Termination of Parental Rights

One major aspect of our adoption practice is representing grandparents, foster parents, and other caretakers seeking to adopt children out of the CPS system. It should by no means be taken for granted that the people who care for children while they are in CPS custody will be granted a request for adoption. This is a separate legal procedure from the termination of parental rights, and various parties may assert that they are suitable adoptive parents.

Private Adoption

Our firm also regularly handles private adoptions, including adoptions by stepparents, grandparents, and other individuals who have become caretakers of children. To learn more about any type of adoption under Texas law, contact us to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.


How to Get Legal Help With Adoption

Adopting is one of the most rewarding experiences, for both the parents and the adopted child. However, there are often many legalities to overcome during this process before an adoption can be finalized by the court system. Professional adoption lawyers can help with...

Starting Over With a Legal Name Change

In many cases, a legal name change helps start a new chapter in someone's life. Whether you are celebrating a union or an addition to the family, a legal name change can help legalize this bond and show the world your new status. On the flip side, a name change can...

Helping Blended Families Blend

As family dynamics change and the concept of what is a family continues to evolve so does the law when adopting to take these new types of family units into account. To successfully grow your family, legally, often requires the skill of an experienced Texas adoption...

The Rewards and Challenges of Adopting a Foster Child

Becoming a foster parent is often a very rewarding experience. Sometimes, the opportunity comes along to adopt a foster child and make him or her a permanent part of your family. When you want to pursue this option, the law firm of Connolly & Shireman is here to...
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