|Texas State Information
Below is a list of helpful information for your adoption journey in Texas.
|Child Abuse/ Neglect Central Registry Check||Request form for child abuse/neglect registry.Sample Letter|
|Secretary of State||The fee for an apostille or authentication is $10.00 per document with a total maximum fee of $100 per adoption.
Documents can be processed with in person service or mailed in. When filing, you will need to include form2103 with each document. This form can be accessed at the following website: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/statdoc/forms/2103.pdf
If mailing your documents, please enclose an appropriately sized self-addressed, stamped envelope or a pre-paid overnight envelope for the return of the documents. Mail your request to:
Texas Secretary of State
The phone number for the Statutory Documents Department at the Secretary of State’s office is (512) 463-5705.
|Vital Records and Health Services||www.texasvitalrecords.com
For complete and up-to-date information on obtaining birth and death certificates, contact:
Texas Department of Health
You may also visit their office at 1100 West 49th Street or their Web site at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/certified_copy.shtm
Certified copies of marriage licenses are only available from the County Court in the county in which the event occurred. Certified copies of divorce decrees are only available from the District Clerk in the county in which the event occurred. To locate the county court or district clerk, please use the following website:
|State Police Check||Texas Department of Public Safety|
|Home Study providers||Please contact your adoption consultant for a list of home study providers.|
|Medical Clinics||Texas Children’s Hospital
17th floor, Clinical Care Center
For appointments: 832-822-1038
Dr. Bruce Eckel
|Post-Adoption Lawyers||Jana Baker 210-525-0640, cell # is 210-363-9901, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Paquet Law Offices
|Childhood Centers and Programs||You can find your local Early Childhood Intervention office at the following website: http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/resources/childfind.shtml|