General Procedural Prerequisites
The following is a partial list of some of the prerequisites and procedures for an adoption; the list is not complete but should be read as a sample as to some of the requirements of the adoption process-
- Both spouses must join in the petition for adoption.
- Pre-adoptive and post-placement social studies must be conducted.
- A final hearing for adoption shall be granted a preferential setting.
- Unless the adoptive parent is the child's grandparent; aunt or uncle; or stepparent, a report concerning the child's health, social, educational, and genetic history must be compiled.
- The prospective adoptive parent has the right to see the compiled report.
- The prospective adoptive parents' criminal record must provide their criminal history.
- Absent the court waiving the requirement, the child must reside with the petitioner for not less than six months prior to adoption.
- The written consent of the managing conservator, if the managing conservator is a different than the prospective adoptive parents.