Compassionate Adoption Attorney in Houston – Helping Build Families

Guiding You Through the Adoption Process

Adopting a child is one of the most joyful and significant decisions a family can make. Kristin Kline is here to make your journey to parenthood as smooth as possible by navigating the complexities of the adoption process with compassion and professionalism.

Types of Adoption Services

Whether you’re interested in domestic adoption, international adoption, or becoming a foster parent, Kristin offers comprehensive legal services to address all aspects of adoption. She ensures that all legal requirements are meticulously handled, so you can focus on preparing for your new family member.

Step-by-Step Support

From initial consultations to finalizing the adoption decree, Kristin Kline is with you every step of the way. Her detailed approach ensures that every part of the adoption process is clear, allowing you to move forward with confidence.

Overcoming Adoption Challenges

Adoption can come with its set of challenges, including legal hurdles or interstate and international regulations. Kristin has the experience to address and overcome these challenges, ensuring that the path to expanding your family is as seamless as possible.

Post-Adoption Legal Services

Kristin’s support doesn’t end at the finalization of adoption. She’s here to assist with post-adoption legal matters, including birth certificate changes, social security updates, and any additional family law advice you may need as you settle into life with your new child.

An open adoption means that the birth parents and adoptive parents meet each other and remain in communication throughout the child’s life.

Open vs. Closed Adoptions

An open adoption means that the birth parents and adoptive parents meet each other and remain in contact throughout the child’s life. The adoptive parents raise the child, but the birth parents can continue to be part of the child’s life, including having visits with the child. Conversely, closed adoptions are completely anonymous and usually take place through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Completely open and completely closed adoptions are rare; most adoptions are semi-open, which means that the adoptive parents meet the birth mother during the adoption process. They may exchange letters and photos (often non-identifying) as the child grows up. It is ultimately up to the adoptive parents to determine how much contact, if any, the child will have with the birth parents.

The Adoption Process

Once you determine what type of adoption you want to pursue, there are various legal processes that must be followed, depending on where the child was born, whether in Texas, another state, or another country. The termination of the birth parents’ rights must occur before the adoption can be finalized. Additionally, the petition for adoption cannot be finalized until you have had the child in your possession for at least six months, and you have provided the court with a social study, a genetic history, and a criminal record background history.

Schedule a Consultation

Without proper legal guidance, the adoption process can be tedious and even overwhelming. For personalized advice and dedicated guidance during the adoption process, contact our office today and make an appointment for your consultation.

Get in contact with Kristin Kline to set up a one-on-one meeting to go over the steps regarding your case.