Adoption is a legal process where a child becomes part of a family other than the one of their natural birth. This process terminates the rights of the biological parents so that the adoptive family can gain possessory and managing conservatorship over the child in order to become the child’s legal parent(s). The adoption process is lengthy and takes time and patience by all parties involved.
There are other adoption alternatives that are available such as step-parent adoptions, third party interveners for possessory or managing conservatorship, and guardianship that may be more feasible options depending on the desired outcome and family situation. I educate clients on the adoption process and possible alternatives making sure everyone is aware of what the process entails.
Adoption is a wonderful process and provides opportunities for children and adults to create loving bonds and experience the joys of being part of a family.