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Texas Adoptions: Frequently Asked Questions
When do I sign the papers to place the baby for adoption?
In Texas, a birthmom is allowed to sign relinquishment documents 48 hours after the baby is born. This is done after her and the baby have been discharged from the hospital. If she is not ready to sign after the 48 hours has passed, she can wait until she is ready and comfortable doing so.
What if I change my mind?
We will encourage every birthmom that works with IAC to make the best decision for her. If that decision is to parent, we will support her and assist in finding local resources to help her. However, in the state of Texas, once a birthmom has signed relinquishment documents, it is irrevocable and she is unable to change her mind.
Do I have to name the Birth father?
Yes, Texas requires that birthmothers identify the birthfather. The reason for this is to not be invasive or to pry, but to guarantee that all the proper legal steps have been taken to ensure a successful adoption.
Who pays my medical bills?
Texas allows birthmothers to get assistance with medical expenses not covered by her insurance. If she does not have private insurance and does not qualify for Medicaid, the adoptive parents can pay her medical bills. However, if she were to decide to parent, the medical costs would then be paid by the birthmother.
Do I need to get my own attorney?
No, a birthmother is not required to have her own attorney. The counselors at IAC are able to handle all of the legal paperwork for the adoption. However, if a birthmom would like to review the relinquishment documents with an attorney prior to signing them, we encourage her to do so.
Can I get living assistance?
Yes, a birthmom in Texas can get assistance with reasonable living and pregnancy related expenses. This can include assistance with rent, food, maternity clothes and utilities.
Independent Adoption Center
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