Area of Practice


Adoption is a legal process that results in a permanent, life-long commitment by a person or couple to a child. The adoption process can be one of the most rewarding experiences for clients and the attorney. Attorney Penn handles foster parent, relative and kinship adoptions of children placed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS).  Cathy Penn represents you, the adoptive parent, through every step of the way to make your adoption experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible. 

Cathy Penn strives to provide all her clients with the individualized attention they require. A personalized approach is made possible by limiting the number and types of cases accepted. As a result, Attorney Penn is available to address her client's concerns and answer all their questions, leading to less stress throughout the legal process. Office hours are by appointment only and initial consultations may be in person or, if preferred, by telephone.

Foster parents, relatives, or others who are caring for a child or children in foster case, will usually contact Adoption Attorney Cathy Penn to represent them when CPS obtains a final termination order, or anticipates obtaining one in the near future. Cathy then guides the prospective adoptive parent through the process toward a legal and final adoption. 

Attorney Cathy Penn has a direct pay agreement with the State of Texas for foster parent and kinship adoptions. This means if you are adopting a sibling group or a child that qualifies for subsidy through the Department of Family and Protective Services, Attorney Penn will not charge legal fees and court costs to you, but will seek reimbursement directly from the State.  

Learn More

If you are interested in learning about kinship care, foster care and adoption through the Department of Family and Protective Services, information can be found on the DFPS-Adoption website link below. Here you will learn about the requirements and steps necessary to become a foster or adoptive family for a child who is in the care of the state due to abuse or neglect.

Meet Attorney Cathy Penn

Cathy Penn has been providing high quality legal services for over twenty years in the areas of child welfare, adoption, and as a municipal court judge. Launching her career as a prosecutor, Attorney Penn was drawn to working with agencies whose mission is to protect vulnerable children and adults from harm. Cathy has helped countless foster parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and others secure legal adoptions. Attorney Penn is dedicated to helping families achieve safety, security and permanency for the children they love through adoption. 


Cathy Mason Penn received her B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Houston, and her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Lytae honor society, Managing Editor of the Corporate Counsel Review, and recipient of the American Jurisprudence (AMJUR) award for Legal Research and Writing. Cathy Penn serves Rockwall County as a Justice of the Peace. 

Cathy Penn is also a member of the Texas Bar College, an honorary society of qualified attorneys interested in high ethical standards and improved training.Her practice and philosophy of maintaining the highest ethical standards carries over to her representation of adoptive families.

Attorney Penn believes that adoptive parents should receive quality legal services at reasonable prices. Attorney Penn has a direct pay agreement with the State of Texas, meaning CPS subsidized adoptions are handled at no cost to licensed foster adoptive parents. Cathy believes that families who open their homes and hearts to children in need are true heroes. Attorney Penn prefers to limit the types and number of cases she accepts in order to provide the individualized time and attention her clients deserve. 

Cathy and her husband Terry have three children and two perfect grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, boating, fishing, spending time with family and relaxing in the backyard.