Couples and individuals considering adopting or placing a child for adoption in Austin, Texas, often wonder what local resources, services and professionals are available to them. Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or are interested in growing your family through adoption, this guide provides the information you need about Austin adoption agencies, home study providers and more.
For more information about state adoption laws, processes and qualifications, visit our Texas adoption information page.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Austin
From the initial stages of adoption research through every step of the adoption process, adoption agencies can be great resources for local adoption information. For birth parents and adoptive families who would prefer to work with a local or regional agency, these professionals can provide detailed information about adoption in Austin and other parts of Texas:
Become a Foster Parent in Austin
If you are considering becoming a foster parent or adding to your family through foster care adoption, these local agencies and resources can provide information about foster care in the Austin area:
Different agencies may have different training and requirements for the parents they work with. To be eligible to become a foster parent in Austin, Texas, you must meet all state requirements, including:
- Complete an application, home study process and background checks
- Provide references
- Attend training
- Be at least 21 years old
Find more information about foster care programs, laws and agencies in Austin and throughout Texas on our state adoption information page or through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Austin Home Study Services
Regardless of the adoption or foster care professional you choose, all adoptive parents in Austin must complete a home study that satisfies all Texas state requirements. Read about what to expect during the Texas home study on our state adoption information page, or contact one of the following legally qualified home study providers in your area:
- Adoption Choices of Texas
Adoption Choices of Texas is a full-service licensed Texas agency with expertise in domestic and international home studies.
- Texas Adoption Home Studies
Texas Adoption Home Studies has been providing adoption home studies for more than 15 years, assisting hundreds of families in completing domestic, embryo, stepparent, second parent and relative adoptions throughout Texas.
- S.A.F.E. Project
S.A.F.E. Project (Supportive Assistance for Family Enhancement Project, LLC) has offices in Houston and Austin with a network of more than 125 professionals providing home assessment services.
- Texas Home Studies
Robyn Gobbel is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas. She has worked with children and families for more than 10 years and has assisted hundreds of families in completing their home studies.
- American Adoptions of Texas
American Adoptions of Texas provides home study and post-placement supervision services throughout the state.
- Adoption Answers, Inc.
Adoption Answers, Inc. provides domestic and international home studies for adoptive parents in the state of Texas.
- Legacy Adoption Services
Legacy Adoption Services is a full-service licensed child-placing agency that provides domestic home studies for adoptive parents in Texas.
- Children’s Connections, Inc.
Children’s Connections, Inc. is a nonprofit organization preparing qualified home studies and reports for all types of adoptions throughout Texas.
- Adopt for the Love of a Child
Adopt for the Love of a Child (AdoptTLC) is a private, nonprofit child-placing agency that provides domestic and international home study services.
Hospitals in Austin
When the time comes for the birth and adoptive parents to finally meet their little one, a hospital plan will be in place to determine who is in the delivery room when the baby is born, how much time the birth and adoptive parents will spend with the new baby, and more.
If you are a prospective birth mother, your adoption agency should be able to work with you and your delivery hospital to develop your hospital plan. Here are some area hospitals that you may be working with:
- Seton Northwest Hospital
11113 Research Boulevard
Austin, TX 78759
- David’s Medical Center
919 E. 32nd Street
Austin, TX 78705
- Lakeway Regional Medical Center
100 Medical Parkway
Lakeway, TX 78738
- Cedar Park Regional Medical Center
1401 Medical Parkway
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Adoption Laws and Qualifications in Austin
Adoption laws vary by state. For prospective birth parents and adoptive families in Austin, it may be helpful to understand some Texas adoption laws, qualifications and processes.
For detailed information about adoption laws in Austin and throughout Texas, visit our state adoption information page. Below, find an overview of some of the areas of adoption that are regulated by state laws.
Laws for Birth Parents:
For birth mothers and fathers, the primary legal process in adoption is the execution of consent. If you are considering an adoption plan for your baby, you can learn about adoption consent, relinquishment, Texas’ paternity registry and more here.
Laws for Adoptive Parents:
Many prospective adoptive parents have questions about the laws, rules and qualifications for adopting a baby in Austin. You must meet certain qualifications and complete an adoption home study in accordance with Texas law. In addition, Texas statutes regulate other areas of the adoption, including the expenses that can be paid by adoptive families, the use of advertising and facilitators and more. More information about these laws and regulations is available here.
County District Courts
The final stage of the legal adoption process is the finalization of the adoption, which will be completed in family court. If you are adopting in Austin, Texas, find additional information for your county below:
Things to do in Austin
If your adoption plans include a trip to the Austin area, either to meet with prospective birth parents or to wait for ICPC clearances, be sure to take advantage of all the city has to offer. Here are some top attractions to visit in Austin before returning to your home state:
- Austin City Limits Live
- Texas State Capitol
- Barton Springs Pool
- Zilker Metropolitan Park
- South Congress Avenue
- Congress Avenue Bridge