If you live in or near Houston and are considering adoption, either as a prospective adoptive parent or as a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, you likely have questions about local adoption resources, laws and processes. Here, find information about Houston adoption agencies, home study providers and other local adoption and foster care services.
For more information about adoption and foster care throughout Texas, visit our state adoption information page.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Houston
Whether you are a prospective birth parent or an adoptive family, the professional you choose to work with will guide you through the adoption process and ensure you receive the necessary services and support to complete your adoption in Houston.
If you live in Houston and are interested in working with a local or regional adoption agency, the following adoption professionals can help you complete your adoption in accordance with all Texas requirements:
Foster Care Professionals in Houston
Foster care programs, requirements and processes are determined by the state. In Houston, foster parents must meet the following Texas requirements:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Attend training
- Complete an application
- Provide references
- Complete the home study and background checks
Some agencies have additional training or requirements for the parents they work with. Contact a local foster care agency for more information about the process to become a foster parent in the Houston area:
- Homes with Hope
- Arms Wide Adoption Services
- Safe Haven Community Services
- DePelchin Children’s Center
For more information about foster care throughout Texas, visit our Texas adoption information page or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Home Study Providers in Houston
Whether you are interested in adopting an infant through a private domestic adoption agency or becoming a foster parent in Houston, you will need to complete a home study that meets Texas state requirements.
The home study process in Texas includes personal interviews with the prospective parents, a home inspection, criminal history checks and more. The person or agency conducting the home study must be legally qualified to complete the home study process. Here are some trusted home study providers in your area:
- 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.
- Cindy Chilcote, LCSW
As a licensed social worker, Cindy Chilcote has completed pre- and post-placement adoption home studies for more than 14 years for domestic adoptions, stepparent and second parent adoptions.
- Houston Home Study
Amanda Starkey Hahn is a licensed master social worker in Texas with experience completing domestic and international adoption home studies, post-placement visits and updates.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Texas home study providers.
Hospitals in Houston
When it is finally time for the baby to arrive, it is up to the prospective birth mother to create a hospital plan for her stay. If you are making an adoption plan for your baby, you will have the opportunity to decide who will be in the delivery room with you, how much time you will spend with your baby and the adoptive family, and more.
When you are ready to begin planning your hospital stay, your adoption agency will work with the delivery hospital to make them aware of your wishes. Here are some local hospitals in Houston that you may be able to work with:
- Houston Methodist
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
- Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
6411 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
- Joseph Medical Center
1401 St. Joseph Parkway
Houston, TX 77002
- The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
Houston, TX 77054
- Ben Taub Hospital
1504 Taub Loop
Houston, TX 77030
- Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital
5656 Kelley Street
Houston, TX 77026
Laws and Qualifications to Adopt in Houston
Adoption is a legal process, and each state has its own legal requirements for adoptive and birth parents. Detailed information about adoption laws, qualifications and processes in Houston and throughout the rest of the state is available on our Texas adoption information page. Below is an overview of some of the regulations impacting adoptive parents and birth parents in Houston.
Every adoption involves the legal termination of the birth mother’s and father’s parental rights. If you are considering placing your baby for adoption in Houston, get the information you need about birth father rights, the Texas paternity registry, executing consent and more here.
For Adoptive Parents
To be eligible to adopt in Houston, you must meet certain qualifications and complete the Texas home study process. Throughout the adoption process, adoptive families must adhere to state laws regulating adoption expenses, adoption finalization, advertising and more. These laws are outlined here.
County District Courts
Houston adoptions must be finalized in family court. If you are adopting in Houston, Texas, find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing your adoption in your county’s district court directory:
- Harris County
- Fort Bend County
- Montgomery County
- Brazoria County
- Galveston County
- Waller County
- Chambers County
- Austin County
Things to do in Houston
If you are an adoptive parent and your child is born in or around Houston, you will likely find yourself in the area visiting your baby’s birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances. If you are looking for ways to spend your time in Houston before returning to your home state, here are some of the top attractions in the area: