Most people are familiar with the adoption of children or teenagers. But did you know that you can adopt an adult? As far-fetched as it sounds, an individual does not have to be a minor to be adopted.
In order to adopt an adult in Texas, there are some guidelines you and the prospective adoptee need to follow per Texas Family Code Chapters 162.501-507. The adoptee has to be at least 18 years old, fill out the appropriate forms and consent to the adoption.
There are several ways you and your surrogate son or daughter can benefit from becoming a family. Here are three below:
You could start anew with a child you gave up for adoption
Unfortunately, once some biological parents give up their kids for adoption, they don’t see them again. However, you might run into your now-adult child in a public space or find them through social media.
If both of you want to catch up and get a fresh start after reuniting, you can consider adoption.
You could have an heir to a trust or will
Some individuals lack available or suitable beneficiaries for inheriting money, property or an heirloom. Adopting an adult could fix this issue since you would have an established person to take over your assets once you’re gone instead of leaving it up to chance.
An adult child could have a positive parent figure in their life
Though many young adults are close to their parents, that’s not the case for all of them. Some have strained/non-existent relationships with their parents due to abuse or dysfunction. Bringing an adult child into your family could encourage healing and belonging.
If you still have questions about adopting an adult, seeking legal help can aid you in your decision.