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This section of TexasLawHelp.org has information and resources about adoption in Texas.
  • Want to Adopt or Foster a Child in Need?

    The Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE) website helps match children awaiting adoption with adoptive parents. It includes photos and profile information on children available for adoption and allows families to provide information about their adoption preferences and interests in adopting a child. Read More

    Texas Adoption Resources Exchange
  • Foster Care Handbook-- Youth Edition

    This colorful, easy to read handbook for youth in foster care is also helpful for adults who want to learn more about the foster care system in Texas. Includes a foster child's bill of rights, caseworker responsibilities, definitions of different kinds of foster placements, common terms, FAQ's and much more. Read More

    Department of Family and Protective Services
  • "Aging Out" of Foster Care in Texas

    This guide, by the Texas Foster Youth Justice Project, gives thorough information about the rights of those in foster care who are preparing to live independently. Topics include: education, employment, housing, marriage, divorce and children, healthcare and public benefits, voting, money management, criminal laws for those under 18, identification documents, credit, green cards and military service. Read More

    Texas Foster Youth Justice Project
  • Resources for Adults Adopted as Children

    Adult Adoptees who were born in Texas can click on this link to the Texas Department of State Health Services to request a copy of their original birth certificate. Other adoption related forms are also available on this site, including the Central Adoption Registry Application. Read More

    Texas Department of State Health Resources
  • Family Law Handbook

    Click here for a GREAT handbook on family law in Texas. Subjects covered include but are not limited to, adoption, divorce, and custody. Read More

    Houston Bar Association
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