Can I Change My Mind?
A relinquishment affidavit that designates either the Department of Family and Protective Services or a licensed child-placing agency to serve as the child’s managing conservator is irrevocable. TFC 161.103(e). That means that if you are working with the Department of Family and Protective Services or a licensed child-placing agency, once you sign the relinquishment paperwork, you can no longer change your mind.
If the birth parents and prospective adoptive parents are not working with the Department of Family Protective Services or a licensed child-placing agency, the Voluntary Relinquishment of Parental Rights Affidavit must include a statement that the relinquishment is revocable, that the relinquishment is irrevocable, or that the relinquishment is irrevocable for a stated period of time. TFC 161.103(b)(9). An expectant parent can change their mind until they sign the relinquishment affidavit or until such time as the revocability period has expired. If an affidavit of relinquishment of parental rights fails to state the period for irrevocability, the affidavit is only revocable if made before the 11th day after the date the affidavit is executed and therefore is irrevocable on or after the 11th day after the affidavit is executed. TFC 161.1035.
In non-agency adoptions, many relinquishment affidavits will include either a 60-day irrevocability period or an 11-day revocability period. It is important for both the birth parents and prospective adoptive parents to know which terms are included in the relinquishment affidavits and understand the different implications.