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
Authentications Unit
P. O. Box 13550
Austin, Texas 78711-3550
1019 Brazos Street
Austin, Texas 78701

In-Person Service
1019 Brazos, Room 214
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (call for holiday hours)
Processing time is dependent on the number of customers and the number of documents each has

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
Bureau of Vital Statistics
PO Box 12040
Austin, Texas 78711-2040

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
USCIS Office
Dallas Field Office8101 North Stemmons Freeway
(Interstate 35)
Dallas, TX 75247

El Paso Field Office

1545 Hawkins Boulevard
El Paso, TX 79925

Harlingen Field Office

1717 Zoy Street
Harlingen, TX 78552

Houston Field Office126 Northpoint Drive
Houston, TX 77060

San Antonio Field Office

8940 Fourwinds Drive
San Antonio, TX 78239

Click here for more CIS office information.

Fingerprint offices:
CIS will provide you with the fingerprint offices closest to you when they send your fingerprint appointment letter.

Filing Instructions:
In Texas, it is best to file your I 600 A/I 800 after your home study is complete. CIS Texas offices will not assign a fingerprint appointment until a home study is received.

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
Dr. Eckel has offices in Denton and in Fort Worth, TX

Post-Adoption Lawyers Jana Baker 210-525-0640, cell # is 210-363-9901, e-mail: jana.baker@sbcglobal.net

Susan Paquet Law Offices
201 Main St Ste 801, Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 596-3337

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