Adults living in Texas may benefit from learning more about the adoption rights guaranteed under the state's family code laws. These laws prohibit the courts from considering military service as a negative factor for people applying to adopt. The law requires guardians who are putting children up for adoption to provide a comprehensive report that includes a history of genetic, educational, health and social information. The law also provides potential adoptive parents the right examine these records and other information pertinent to the child's history.
The adopted child also has a right to these records after becoming an adult, as does the surviving spouse of a deceased adopted child. Adults seeking to adopt are required to submit a criminal history report that is often provided by the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. Petitions for adoption cannot be approved without the aforementioned information, unless permitted by the presiding court.