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Adoption Basics

Adoption is a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood. Adoption terminates the legal rights and responsibilities of the natural parents and creates new legal rights and responsibilities for the adoptive parents. The adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit).

Guardianship- Legal right given to a person to be responsible for the food, housing, health care, and other necessities of a person deemed incapable of providing these necessities for himself or herself.

Equitable Adoption (adoption by estoppel)- An adoption in equity recongnized in some states. In equitable adoption, the adult has not officially adopted the child. But the adult has agreed to adopt the child and they share a close relationship.

Who May Adopt

Who May Be Adopted

Who May Place a Child for Adoption

Single Parent Adoptions

International Adoptions

Consent to Adoption

Gay & Lesbian Adoptions

Texas- Adopting a Child