Stepparents can be an important part of a child's life in Texas. In some circumstances, particularly when the other biological parent is not a part of the child's life, a stepparent may want to adopt a child. This is the most typical kind of adoption in the United States. It should be used when a stepparent wants to take on the legal and financial responsibility for the stepchildren. In some cases, there is only one living biological parent. The consent process for adoption is easier in such instances.
Adopting a foreign child can be a rewarding experience. However, Texas residents who wish to adopt such children should first be aware of all the laws related to international adoption.
When a Texas stepparent adopts a stepchild, the legal bond between the two gives the stepparent the ability to make medical decisions for the child, seek custody in the event the get divorced from their spouse or the spouse dies and provide or seek child support. Essentially, the adoption process makes the stepchild legally the stepparent's child.
As part of the adoption process, most states will require that potential adoptive parents go though a home study. This is true even if a home study was already conducted prior to becoming a foster parent or kinship caregiver. A criminal background check may also be conducted in conjunction with a home study. As part of the home study process, a possible adoptive parent may be interviewed several times.
For Lionel Richie, the desire to adopt a child began at a Prince concert. During the show, Lionel watched in adoration as a two-year-old girl played tambourine on stage with Prince. Backstage, Lionel was introduced to the girl and realized her "family situation was falling apart." He wanted to help and eventually ended up adopting that little girl, whose name was Nicole.
Uniformity of law is something many consider to be a good thing. It can be a difficult thing to achieve, though. Every state can make its own laws on any given issue and it's not unusual to find that statutes on the same subject differ from state to state.