6. Post Placement Visits:  The agency requires a   minimum of five post placement visits during the six months following placement.  Post placement visits for international or out-of-state adoptions may vary.

5. Birth Parent Expenses:  Funds are occasionally provided for a birth mother who has documented needs for housing, food, supplemental medical, and transportation.  They are accrued during pregnancy and for a period not to exceed six weeks postpartum.  Minimum Standards for Child Placing Agencies requires that the agency must demonstrate that all expenses are necessary and that the birth parent does not have resources to meet these needs.  These fees are non-refundable and the agency cannot require the birth parent to return these fees if an adoption plan is NOT made.  ​

4.  Social Study: It will take place at our office.  All family members who live in the household will need to attend.  This will genate a report for the judge for your case.Fees: $300.00 for the first child being adopted, each addition child being adopted it will be an addition $50.00 fee per child. 

  • Filing of all paperwork
  • Registration of a foreign adoption order
  • Texas court recognizes foreign adoption order
  • Court grants Texas adoption orders
  • Court orders Bureau of Vital Statistics to issue new birth certificate to adoptive family

International Adoption / Readoption::
You've complete an international adoption and want to have it recognized by Texas courts.  Obtain recognition of your foreign adoption with our legal assistance:

  • Immigration status must be legal
  • Must comply with all Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) requirements
  • Assistance with termination of parental rights and adoption
  • If HAGUE convenience county with country pinned a legal county 
  • Immigration assistance will be needed, but referrals available

Legal Immigrant Adoption​:
Your legal resident immigration adoption can be finalized with our help:

  • Assistance with overseas, out of state, or in-state military family adoptions
  • Temporary orders for DEARS health insurance
  • Assistance with Department of Defense paperwork and D.O.D. reimbursement 

Military Adoptions​:
As a member of the military you have an unique advantage when it comes to adoption.  You can count on us to help with:

  • Works closely with your CPS worker
  • Adoption finalization
  • Amended Birth Certificate
  • Direct billing with CPS for subsidized adoptions

Foster Parent Adoptions​​:
Decided you want your foster child or Child Protective Services (CPS) placement a permanent member of your family, we can help with:

  • Uncontested and contested termination of parental right
  • Social Study preparation
  • Has the forms to complete your FBI background check
  • Name change available
  • Amended birth certificates
  • Adoption finalization

Aunt And Uncle Adoptions​:
You made a decision to make you family member you child, we can help you through the process:

  • Uncontested and contested termination of parental right
  • Social Study preparation
  • Has the forms to complete your FBI background check
  • Name change available
  • Amended birth certificates
  • ​Adoption finalization

Grandparent Adoption​:
You have decided to become your grandchild's legal parent, let us help you through the steps:

  • Uncontested and contested termination of parental right
  • Social Study preparation
  • Has the forms to complete your FBI background check
  • Name change available
  • Amended birth certificates
  • Adoption finalization
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Step Parent Adoptions​:
You already think of your step child as your own and want to make it official.  Finalize your blended family with our adoption assistance:

  • Assistance/finalization of birth parent relinquishments
  • Home study Preparation
  • Assistance with temporary orders for health insurance
  • Final Adoption orders

Private Adoptions:
When you've made arrangements with a birth mother to adopt her child you want to make sure that you understand everything that's needs to be done to finalize the termination and adoption. Michael R. Lackmeyer can help you with: 

7. Interstate Compact:  Mr. Lackmeyer prepares all interstate compact documentation.

1. Home Study​:  This service is for the completion of a Pre-Adoption Social Study.  It includes a minimum of two joint visits (one in the administration office and one in the home with all family members present), and single interviews with each household member over age three living in the home as well as any children living outside of the home.

Extended Services
  • Finalization of adoption order in agency placements
  • Assistance with reunion and adoption related issues

Interstate Compact Adoption​​:
When you've made arrangements with a Texas birth mother to adopt her child, but you live out of state, we can help:

  • No termination order required
  • Consensual adoption by adult adoptee
  • Name change available if necessary
  • ​New birth certificate available
  • Uncontested and contested termination of parental right
  • Social Study preparation
  • Has the forms to complete your FBI background check
  • Name change available
  • Amended birth certificates
  • Adoption finalization

Same Sex Adoptions:

You and your partner are ready to adopt, with more counties expecting same sex adoptions including Bell County, we can help facilitate the process. 

3. Home Study Review:  Current home studies completed by other agencies, including out-of state studies, will be reviewed for Texas compliance.  Completed studies MUST meet Texas and/or interstate compliance.

2. Home Study Update:  Texas Minimum Standards for Child Placing Agencies requires six-month reviews of each home as well as a visit to the home within one month prior to the placement of a child.

Agency Adoption​​​:
You have started the adoption process with an adoption agency; look to us for the finalization:

  • Preparation of all Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) documents necessary for interstate placement of child
  • Documents for both sending and receiving states

Adult Adoption:
You want to adopt a legal adult and need to make sure that everything is in order.  Rely on our experience to finalize your adult adoption: