Adopting or fostering a child is a great way for a person or couple to provide a safe, loving family to a child in need. Before entering the process, it is important for applicants to know what to expect. The following are a few of the basic requirements for adoptive and foster parents in the state of Texas.
Basic requirements for potential parents
It is not necessary for adoptive parents to be married. Individuals are also considered eligible despite their marital status, as what is most important is the person provides a loving, stable home. However, you must be at least 21 years of age at the time of your adoption application. If you are married, you will need to provide proof via a marriage certificate. If you were previously married and are now divorced, you will also need to provide a divorce decree.
You will also need to complete an application to initiate the process. If you are married, your spouse will also need to complete an application. A home study will be conducted, which looks into your fitness as a parent. Other people in your household will also be involved in the home study, which entails interviews as well as background checks.
Requirements specific to foster parents
Foster parents are not allowed to have more than six children in a home at one time. This includes foster parents’ biological children. All children must have an adequate place to sleep and the home must undergo health, fire, and safety inspections. Parents are must also be trained in CPR and first aid, and all members of the household must be tested for tuberculosis.