Benefit of Adopting through Safe Haven
Safe Haven supports single, married, divorced, or widowed applicants wanting to adopt children who are presently in the legal custody of the State of Texas, through the Department of Family and Protective Services. Adoptive parents should understand how crucial it is for children to have families who will make long-term commitments and be there for them into adulthood.
Support Services for Children Awaiting Adoption
Awaiting children range in age from infants to teenagers and are typically placed with the adoptive parent for at least six months prior to consummation to allow adoptive parent and the child to bond. During the adoptive placement the children will receive health care, case management, and in-home counseling services. Post-adopt support services can also be arranged after the adoption is consummated through our collaborative community partners.
Requirments to Become an Adoptive Parent
Safe Haven understands adoptive parents are determined and excited about becoming a forever family for a deserving child. Adoptive parents can be single, married, divorced or widowed, must be at least 21 years of age, have sufficient income to meet their own basic needs, and be in good physical, emotional and mental health. The adoption home study approval process with Safe Haven typically takes about three to four months.
Attend an Orientation Meeting
During New Family Orientation you will learn about becoming a foster parent, kinship caregiver, and/or adoptive family. We offer New Family Orientation Meetings each month. Click here to sign up for the next meeting in your area.
Steps to Verification
• Contact our office near you
• Attend a One-day New Family Orientation Meeting
• Submit a New Family Application Form and all required personal documents
• Submit to Criminal History Checks (i.e. DPS, DFPS Central Registry, and FBI)
• Complete a Two-week Pre-Services Training Session
• Participate in a home study interview session (including all household members)
Why Adoption ?
Adoption is a service that focuses on finding forever families for children who cannot return to their biological parents. Safe Haven believes adoption should always be explored for children who cannot return to their birth parents. Adoption establishes a legally recognized, lifelong relationship between an adoptive parent and child. The adoptive parent becomes legally and morally responsible for the child’s safety, education, health care, values, and life skills development as well as the day-to-day care of that child. A court proceeding initiated by the adoptive family asks the court to finalize the adoption. Adoptive parents assume all rights and responsibilities for the child. The highest priority need is for adoptive families of infants, sibling groups, and children from minority groups.
To find out if you qualify or to get further information about becoming an Adoptive Family, call 713-988-7233.
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