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November: National Adoption Month!*
Posted By Laci Bowman || Nov 13, 2014
For so many of us, having a family does not always mean the traditional family structure of one mother and one father. For example, a family may be comprised of biological children, stepchildren, adoptive children, or any combination. From the child’s perspective, his or her “parents” may consist of an adoptive parent, stepparent, and/or birth parent, with each parent filling a unique role. Being a parent is not a simple task - in fact, it can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, journeys that an individual or set of individuals can take. Even though parenting paths may each be different, with their own distinct challenges, we parents all have the same goal: To raise healthy, happy, and loved children.
For those individuals who have adopted, or who may have made the decision to be a birth parent, and to put your child into a loving adoptive home, this is an important month to (1) celebrate you; and (2) raise awareness to promote adoption.
A few of the individuals who may request adoption, depending on the facts of the situation, are: stepparents, foster parents, adults going through adoptive placement, a person who has had actual possession of the child for a certain period of time and/or another adult that the court determines has had substantial past contact with the child.
If you are a pregnant woman, or the parent of a child who is considering placing your child with another family for adoption, you may make a recommendation to the Court that a specific person (or persons) be considered as a potential adoptive parent under the Texas Family Code.
If you are thinking about adoption, make it a priority to contact a Board Certified Family Lawyer. For help in your adoption process, contact Laci Bowman at Godwin Bowman & Martinez. You can reach her direct line at 214-939-4468.
*President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week in 1984. President Bill Clinton expanded the awareness week to the entire month of November in 1995. Each November, communities organize to share positive adoption experiences and focus attention on all the children out there waiting for permanent families.