The legal process will be explained in advance of your delivery. Forty-eight (48) hours after the birth, a Caring Adoptions Staff member will assist you as you sign a Voluntary Relinquishment of Parental Rights Document. If the Birthfather’s rights have not been previously addressed, the Staff will complete the appropriate legal requirements. If the Birthfather is your legal husband or common law husband, he too must wait forty-eight (48) hours after the birth to sign a Voluntary Relinquishment of Parental Rights Document. If the Birthfather is not your legal husband or your common law husband, he can sign a “Waiver of Interest” at any point prior or post the birth of your child. These documents designate Caring Adoptions as the Managing Conservator (legal parent) of your child. The Adoptive Parents will then take physical custody of the child.
Caring Adoptions believes it is in the best interest of the child to be placed as soon as possible with the Adoptive Parents to begin the bonding process. Thus once the child is released from the hospital, he/she is placed by Caring Adoptions with the Adoptive Parents. This generally occurs following the signing of the relinquishments.
As required by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the day-to-day and financial relationship between you, Caring Adoptions and the Adopting Parents will end six weeks after the birth. During this six weeks, Caring Adoptions will ensure that you receive assistance as agreed upon in the Individualized Adoption Plan. At the appropriate time, Caring Adoptions will represent you in Court for the termination of your parental rights. Pictures and information can be exchanged with the Adopting Families through our office or directly as long as both parties agree.