Knowledgeable Houston Adoption Attorney
Deciding to adopt is at once exciting, stressful, and complex. You’re likely feeling happy anticipation, but strict laws and legal procedures that govern the adoption process can quickly burst your bubble, leaving you confused and defeated. At the Law Office of Maria S. Lowry, our adoption attorney will guide clients through every step of adoption, anticipating and clearing the red tape that frustrates so many seeking to adopt. Our firm is based in Houston, and we’ve helped adopting families throughout the greater Houston area.
Texas Adoption Laws & Types of Adoption in Texas
Each state is responsible for regulating its own adoption laws, so Texas’ adoption laws are unique to us. However, if you are adopting a child outside Texas, another state’s adoption laws may impact your case, or, with international adoptions, you will be dealing with U.S. federal law as well as the laws of your prospective adoptive child’s country of origin. All these highly particular and potentially overlapping laws and regulations make adoption complex. You need an experienced adoption attorney to navigate the process smoothly. At the Law Office of Maria S. Lowry, we can assist you in all types of adoptions, including:
- Domestic adoption
- International adoption
- Public adoption from foster care
- Adoption through an agency
- Independent adoption
- Grandparent adoption
- Stepparent adoption
- Sibling group adoption
- Special needs adoption
It’s important to make sure your adoption is aboveboard from the very beginning, and an adoption lawyer can make sure that’s the case. For example, in Texas, it is illegal for adoptive parents and birth parents to advertise regarding adoption, and a mother must wait at least 48 hours after the birth to give her consent for adoption, even if she has planned for an adoption with an adoption agency. To avoid a disrupted adoption, you must follow these and many other requirements.
Before she became a lawyer, Ms. Lowry was a teacher. Based on her training and experience, she understands the needs of children, which informs her adoption law practice. Namely, every child needs support, care, and stability, which is at the heart of adoption. For Ms. Lowry and her team, helping children live better lives—by providing them with a loving family—is the most rewarding aspect of representing clients in adoption proceedings.
Learn More about Adoption at the Law Office of Maria S. Lowry in Houston
If you are considering adoption and you live in the greater Houston area, please call the Law Office of Maria S. Lowry for legal advice and representation. We would be proud to help you through the adoption process.