Whether you are looking to carry out an adoption of your spouse's child, the child of another family member or a child who is unrelated to you, we at Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, can help you navigate Texas' complex adoption process.
We Represent The Best Interests Of Your Family During Stepparent And Grandparent Adoptions.
The first priority during any adoption is to protect the best interests of the children involved. To ensure children are placed into safe and nurturing homes, the state requires prospective parents to engage in an exhaustive process of paperwork and applications, background checks, interviews, and in some cases, pursuing the termination of the biological parents' rights to their children.
We offer a variety of adoption services to eliminate stress and help you enjoy your new family
- We will help you prepare for interviews and home visits.
- We can assist with paperwork and ensure there are no glaring errors or omissions.
- During a consultation, we can assess your current situation and determine if your adoption application has the potential for success.
- We can help with pursuing the termination of a parent's rights over a child
At Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, we have helped numerous families come together through the Child Protective Services' (CPS) system for adoptions. The CPS process is complex and requires the skill and experience of a family law attorney who understands how to navigate the CPS system, the processes for terminating the rights of a biological parent and how to successfully advocate on behalf of grandparents, foster parents or other potential guardians.
Helping Texas Families Realize The Benefits Of Adoption.
Texas has many incentives in place for families who wish to adopt. Ranging from benefits, such as free college tuition at a state college or university, to paying for a lawyer, the state shares our firm's sentiment that placing a child in a nurturing family should be everyone's first priority.
Whether you are a grandparent or other family member, you want to ensure that the children in your life are cared and provided for. If the biological parents are unfit to properly care for their children due to addiction and substance abuse, incarceration, mental health issues or have created an environment of abuse or neglect, you may wish to step in and take responsibility for the children.
The Texas courts want to account for the best interests of a child when deciding where to place a child. Even if you have been the primary caregiver for a significant period of time, the courts can opt to place a child with another family member or foster family. At Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, we help grandparents other family members in San Antonio and throughout Texas assert their rights in CPS or in other family law cases.
Asserting Your Rights As A Grandparent
If the biological parents of your grandchild have denied you visitation, there is a statute that allows you to sue for visitation. You can also sue for custody of your grandchild in a CPS case. Although you have options for asserting your rights, the laws regarding grandparents' rights are extremely complex. Our attorneys can provide you with clear interpretations of the laws and explain how they apply to your situation. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we can help you pursue termination of the biological parents' rights, gain custody and in some cases, complete an adoption of your grandchildren.