Adoption Attorney

Adoption is an exciting decision that can quickly become stressful due to its many complexities and requirements.

An adoption attorney can help you navigate this complex process and realize your dream of parenthood.

Are you thinking about adopting? Here's why you should work with The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX...

Our Arlington Adoption Attorneys Provide Families with:

Decades in Practice

Attorney Donna J. Smiedt began practicing family law in 1986, and she became a Board Certified Family Law Attorney - Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1991. Because our law office focuses on the very unique practice areas of family law and adoption law, our lawyers are able to provide efficient service and satisfying results for families in Arlington, Fort Worth, and throughout Texas.

Care and Compassion

Our attorneys understand that hopeful adoptive parents face a very unique challenge. We will communicate with birth parents, adoption agencies, and other institutions on your behalf so that you can focus on what's important—your family. Our Arlington lawyers want families to feel comfortable at our law firm, where you can expect home-like accommodations.

Comprehensive Services

Our adoption attorneys have represented families in all types of adoption cases, including those involving stepparents, international children, and foster children. Because our attorneys have been practicing adoption law for over three decades, we can provide the knowledge, advice, and care you need no matter how complex your legal issues are.

Do you really need an adoption lawyer?

Without an Adoption Attorney, the Process Can:

Be More Difficult

The process of adopting a child is complex, and the steps involved can vary substantially depending on where you are adopting the child from, their age, and more. Our law office deals with every type of adoption issue, and we can help you understand your rights and responsibilities at every step in the process.

Take More Time

Whether you choose a private adoption or work with an adoption agency, the process can take years. An adoption attorney from our firm can work with the adoption agency or the biological parents to ensure all legal requirements are met and your rights are protected, making it as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

Have Negative Consequences

Adopting is a major life decision and should not be entered into lightly. Without a lawyer on your side, you run the risk of entering into an agreement that does not serve your best interests or those of your adopted child in the future. Before you take any important steps, contact an adoption attorney to discuss your case.

Are You Adopting? Schedule a Consultation with Our Top-Rated Law Firm

Adopting and growing your family are exciting decisions, and an attorney can help you ensure a smooth, efficient process.

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt is a top-rated law firm that has helped families in Arlington, Southlake, Westover Hills, Fort Worth, and throughout Texas navigate the adoption process for over three decades. Attorney Donna J. Smiedt is a Board-Certified Family Law Attorney - Texas Board of Legal Specialization who has received extensive training in adoption law. Her compassionate demeanor and results have earned her dozens of five-star reviews and positive testimonials from families throughout Texas. 

To talk to an adoption attorney about your case, request a consultation online or call us: 

(817) 572-9900

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Andy Carl Valentin

Andy Carl Valentin

November 2019

Donna is awesome! Helpful, insightful and very patient when someone babbles on... I should know. I'm a babbler. 
If you're looking for representation, help or advice, look no further.
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Toni Fonseca

Toni Fonseca

August 2019

Donna and Aida and the rest of the staff are amazing including the therapy dogs.. You will not be disappointed!! View On Google

Our Law Office Can Assist with Every Type of Adoption

When you adopt a child, you assume the legal rights and responsibilities of a biological parent.

There are several types of adoption you can pursue, and our Arlington, TX, law office can handle every kind, including:

Whether you are working with a public or private adoption agency, our adoption lawyers can assist you. 

Private adoptions take place outside of an agency. Our adoption lawyers can help you work out favorable arrangements with the child's biological parents.

Relative adoption is another type of private adoption in which a relative of the biological parent (such as a parent, sibling, or spouse) adopts a child. These include stepparent and grandparent adoptions.

If you are adopting foster children, you may need to attend multiple hearings before a decision is reached. Our Arlington adoption attorneys can assist you with any legal hurdles during this time to make the process as stress-free as possible.

Many families in Texas choose to adopt children from foreign countries. International adoptions require additional steps, such as obtaining immigrant visas for the adoptive children. For this reason, a lawyer can be vital to the success of an international adoption process.

We're Here for You

We are conveniently located for families throughout Arlington, Fort Worth, Southlake, Westover Hills, and other communities in Texas. Alongside our adoption lawyers, you can navigate the complexities associated with the adoption process and ensure you meet all the necessary requirements.

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Jerry Johnston

Jerry Johnston

June 2019

Donna has represented my son in a child custody case and my wife and I in a grandparents custody case and she has done a masterful job. I don't know where my grandchildren would be without Donna.  She has given them a chance to have a much better  life and a chance to be loved and grow into well rounded adults. Donna is a very caring person that really looks out for the benefit of children and her clients.
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Valerie Moore

Valerie Moore

May 2019

Donna was my attorney during a very difficult divorce.  She is very supportive, professional, ethical and well-respected by her clients, the judges and DFW legal community.  Her staff is fantastic.  In addition to divorces, Donna has provided professional services in other family law issues I have faced as well will preparation.  The services she and her staff have provided to me, my husband and children span a time frame  of almost 20 years.  I would never consider going to any other attorney for any type of family law issues.  Her knowledge in family law cannot be found anywhere else and I highly recommend her.  Valerie M.
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Contact Our Law Firm & Receive the Support You Need

Our family law attorneys understand how important the decision to adopt a child is. The last thing you want to worry about when you decide to grow your family is legal obstacles. Our team can assist you throughout the entire process to protect your rights and help you add a new member to your family. For more information about how our team can help, contact our firm online to book a consultation with a family law attorney or call: 

(817) 572-9900

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Are You Eligible to Become an Adoptive Parent?

In the state of Texas, any adult can adopt a child. However, there are some factors for families in Arlington, Southlake, Westover Hills, Fort Worth, and Texas to consider:

Currently, Texas does not have a minimum or maximum age limit for individuals who want to adopt.

If you are married, you must adopt with your spouse. This applies to stepparents who want to adopt a spouse's child.

Texas does not have specific adoption laws prohibiting same-sex couples or unmarried individuals from adopting.

Hopeful adoptive parents must be in good overall health in order to adopt. They must also have adequate income to be able to provide for their adoptive children.

In general, home ownership is not required. However, adoptive families must show that they can provide a stable, comfortable, and safe home for their adoptive child.

Legally, anyone can adopt. But individual adoption agencies and institutions have their own requirements, so hopeful parents should always consult with an attorney.

Additionally, it is important to note that adoption is closed to individuals who have committed serious offenses, including: 

  • Robbery
  • Public indecency
  • Stalking
  • Sexual assault
  • Firearms violations
  • Felony in the past 10 years

What can you expect as an adoptive parent? 

If you are considering adopting a child, your first step should be to consult with an attorney. Our Arlington team can review the different types of adoption and explain the pros and cons of each.

Next, decide which type of adoption to pursue. If you choose to work through an agency, keep in mind that there are many agencies that specialize in adoption and it is crucial you work with a reputable organization during the process.

Families in Arlington, Fort Worth, and throughout Texas must pass a home study in order to adopt. The objective of a home study is to determine whether hopeful parents and adoptive children are a good match. A home study includes background checks, personal references, home visits, interviews, and an examination of your recent health history.

Some agencies require potential adoptive parents to sign contracts or pay fees early in the process. Our team can review any paperwork provided by the agency before you sign to make sure you remain protected.

For adoption to move forward, the rights of the biological parent must first be terminated, either voluntarily or through a court decision. A parent can voluntarily give up their rights by signing an affidavit of relinquishment of parental rights. However, there are several situations that result in an involuntary termination of rights, including the abandonment of the child, voluntarily leaving the child in the care of someone else for more than six months, endangering the child, and failing to support the child for at least a year.

Our lawyers will assist you in bringing your case to a judge so that he or she can review the birth parents' termination of parental rights and the adoptive parents' suitability to adopt. Depending on the circumstances of your adoption case, the birth parent may or may not be present at the finalization. If the child you are adopting is 12 or older, they must consent to the adoption unless the courts waive the requirement.

After placement, the degree of communication between the adoptive parents, birth parents, and the adopted child is determined by the agreed-upon plan. Our adoption lawyers can help you develop a plan that includes a level of communication that you are comfortable with.

Respected by Clients

Rickey Conradt

Rickey Conradt

May 2019

Donna is a great lawyer been a client of the firm for 20 years she all ways get the job done with the best results and a great relationship with you Rickey C
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Heidi Krahn

Heidi Krahn

May 2019

Donna Smiedt is a phenomenal attorney. I was very lucky to have had her work on a touchy adoption case. I would recommend her to anyone.  Her compassion and empathy is unique in the world of law yet feriously tough when  she needs to be.
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The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt

The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt is the premier destination for clients who need representation during a divorce, adoption, or other family law matter. Donna J. Smiedt has been in practice since 1986 and is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney – Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

To speak to an attorney at our award-winning law firm, request a consultation online or call us at (817) 572-9900.

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3216 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

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Arlington Office

3216 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

Hours & Info

Directions

(817) 572-9900