Adoption is the legal process by which a parent/child relationship is established between persons who are not naturally related. A lawsuit requesting adoption of parental rights over a child is initiated through petition of a court by an adult with standing.
Who may adopt
First, a person must be an adult, and if married, their spouse must join the petition. Second, the person must have standing to initiate a suit requesting adoption of parental rights. Texas law spells out who has standing:
Who may be adopted
The law provides that minor children can be adopted as well as an adult. If the child is 12 years of age or older, they must consent to the adoption (unless the court finds that it would be in the child's best interest).
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