In recent years, the LGBT community has seen major growth in terms of its inclusion in mainstream society. This growth has lead to changes in the way certain insurance policies work with same-sex marriage. While same-sex adoption is becoming more and more possible each day, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Why it’s more difficult for same-sex couples to adopt
There are a lot of reasons why same-sex couples struggle to adopt a child together. One of the ways a parent can adopt a child is if their partner is the child’s biological parent. This makes it easier because the other parent can seek a second-parent adoption, a process that’s much different than if both parents were looking to adopt the child.
When one of the people in the marriage is already the child’s parent, it means that their relationship is secured. For the other parent, not so much. There’s a lot of paperwork involved when only one parent is adopting, and it can be a huge problem if the person looking to adopt is unsure of how to go about these filings.
The legalization of same-sex adoption
While same-sex adoption has been legal in all fifty states since the beginning of 2017, this doesn’t mean that LGBT people don’t face unique struggles. In the case of an open adoption, where the biological parents are looking to have a relationship with their child after they are adopted, a homophobic couple may not want a gay couple to adopt the child. While the LGBT couple has the right to adopt a child, they can still face discrimination when looking for a child.
The law that made same-sex adoption legal in all fifty states also only applies to adoption agencies that are federally-funded, meaning private adoption agencies have the right to refuse a couple based on their sexuality. This creates a problem for any couple who is looking to go the private route when starting their family.
In Texas, unmarried same-sex couples are allowed to go through a joint, same-sex adoption. This is the form of adoption in which neither parent has any biological relation to the child in question. However, only the lower courts in Texas have gone through allowing single-parent adoptions to occur.
What can I do to help the adoption process go smoother?
One of the best ways to ensure your chances of a simple, smooth adoption is to get in regular contact with a lawyer. BB Law Group, PLLC is a Texas law firm based in The Woodlands with years of expertise in same-sex adoption. As such, they’re more than comfortable navigating you through the adoption process.
If you feel like you need some help making sure your child’s adoption goes off without a hitch, I cannot stress the importance of a competent lawyer enough. Their combined years of knowledge and practice in this area will make sure that you have all the tools you need to start your new family off on a strong note.