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Adoption in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania leads the nation in mushroom production, but not in their adoption laws. Pennsylvania is not a particularly adoption-friendly state. They don't allow open adoptions unless approved by the court. They only allow Adoptive Families to cover medical and legal expenses for the Birth Mom. We can, however, thank Pennsylvania for Hershey's chocolate and Philly cheesesteaks.

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2 Home Study Providers in PA

$1,800 Average Home Study Cost

38 days Average Home Study Duration

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Adoption Attorneys in Pennsylvania

20 Adoption Agencies in PA

15 AAAA Attorneys in PA

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Barbara L. Binder Casey
    340 Morgantown Road, Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    (610) 376-6783
    info@ababystepadoption.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    C.J. Lyford
    632 Germantown Pike
    Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption
  • Attorney
    Jay H. Ginsburg
    527 Swede Street
    Norristown, PA 19401
    (610) 277-1999
    (610) 292-8498
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Martin Leventon
    1011 Cedargrove Road
    Wynnewood, PA 19096
    (610) 642-7182
    (610) 642-7182
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Debra M. Fox
    387 Lancaster Avenue, P.O. Box 93
    Haverford, PA 19041
    (610) 896-9972
    (610) 896-9972
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Craig B. Bluestein
    7237 Hollywood Road
    Fort Washington, PA 19034
    (215) 643-9000
    (215) 643-9800
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Samuel C. Totaro Jr.
    2005 South Easton Road, Suite 100
    Doylestown, PA 18901
    (267) 898-0570
    (215) 340-3929
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation
  • Attorney
    Leatrice A. Anderson
    2573 Route 6
    Hawley, PA 18428
    (570) 226-6229
    (570) 226-0889
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Stuart S. Sacks
    4431 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17110
    (717) 234-2401
    (717) 234-3611
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Deborah E. Crum
    4431 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17110
    (717) 234-2401
    (717) 234-3611
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Denise M. Bierly
    486 Nimitz Avenue
    State College, PA 16801
    (814) 237-7900
    (814) 237-7903
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Bobbie L. Rabuck
    486 Nimitz Avenue
    State College, PA 16801
    (814) 237-7900
    (814) 237-7903
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Tyler J. Jones
    412 Main Street
    Irwin, PA 15642
    (724) 861-8333
    (724) 861-9594
    Info@PetrilloJones.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Deborah L. Lesko
    373 Vanadium Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15243
    (412) 276-4200
    (412) 276-4203
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children
  • Attorney
    M. Lawrence Shields III
    337 Freeport Road
    Aspinwall, PA 15215
    (412) 400-3416
    (412) 784-1710
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
    Centre Square West
    1500 Market Street | Suite 3400
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    2156653133
    elizabeth.vaysman@obermayer.com
    Services Offered Liz Vaysman is a family law attorney specializing in adoption and assisted reproductive technology (ART) law serving the Greater Philadelphia and Southeast Pennsylvania region.
  • Attorney
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    info@adoptionsfirst.com
    Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
  • Agency
    Adopt America
    111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
    Miami, FL 33132
    (305) 984-2154
    info@adoptamerica411.com
    Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.
  • Agency
    Caring Adoptions
    11601 Katy Freeway
    Suite 222
    Houston, TX 77079
    (281) 920-4300
    info@caringadoptions.org
    Services Offered Caring Adoptions is a full service adoption agency that has been finding families for children since 1991. Although located in Houston, Caring Adoptions works with Birthmothers throughout Texas, and Adoptive Parents throughout Texas and the United States.
  • Agency
    The Children's Home Society of NJ
    635 South Clinton Avenue
    Trenton, NJ 08505
    (609) 695-6274
    vfiorentino@chsofnj.org
    Services Offered The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey is a licensed adoption agency dedicated to quality services for children and families in NJ and Bucks County, PA. With more than a century of experience and expertise in the field, we offer many paths to building your family.

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    • Three years from now, I hope our birth mom is…..

      At peace and confident in the choice she made to place her child with us. We have open adoptions with our kid's birth mothers... would love to be texting every so often and checking in on each other. - Katie

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Length of ICPC
in Pennsylvania

1-30 days

Email: RA-PA-ICAMA@pa.gov

Pennsylvania adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in Pennsylvania

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Adoption Law Info

  • Who Can Adopt?
    Any individual can adopt.
  • Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
    Yes.
  • Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
    Yes, an intermediary (a person or agency) may be used in arranging an adoption, but adoption placement can’t occur without a favorable homestudy report completed within 3 years and supplemented within 1 year. The intermediary must submit a written report to the court with his/her contact information, information regarding the child’s background and birth parents, and a record of monetary transactions between the intermediary and any other person. The intermediary can only accept the following payments: the birth mother’s medical expenses in connection with the child, the child’s medical and foster care expenses before adoption, counseling/training/pre and post adoption services for adoptive parents, and the agency’s administrative expenses.
  • What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
    Medical expenses directly related to birth and delivery. Legal expenses may occur, but encouraged that full disclosure be given to all parties, and to the court. Counseling fund overseen by the Court system, but difficult to access for birth mother expenses.
  • When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
    Medical expenses directly related to birth and delivery. Legal expenses may occur, but encouraged that full disclosure be given to all parties, and to the court. Counseling fund overseen by the Court system, but difficult to access for birth mother expenses.
  • Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
    Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, § 2312
    Any individual may become an adopting parent.

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, §§ 2530; 6344
    The preplacement report shall set forth all pertinent information relating to the fitness of the adopting parents as parents. The report shall be based upon a study of the home environment; family life; parenting skills; age; physical and mental health; social, cultural, and religious background; facilities and resources of the adoptive parents; and their ability to manage their resources.
    In the course of an investigation, the prospective adoptive parents and any individual older than age 18 residing in the home must submit the following information:
    • A report of criminal history record information from the State police
    • A certification from the department as to whether the applicant is named in the central register as the perpetrator of a founded or indicated report of child abuse
    • A fingerprint-based check of Federal criminal history record information
    If a prospective adoptive parent or any individual over age 18 years has resided outside the State at any time within the previous 5 years, the person must submit a certification obtained within the past year from the Statewide central registry in each State in which the person has resided within the previous 5-year period, as to whether the person is named as a perpetrator of child abuse.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, § 6344
    A prospective adoptive parent may not be approved if the prospective adoptive parent or an individual age 14 or older who resides for at least 30 days in a calendar year with the prospective adoptive parent meets either of the following:
    • Is named in the central register as the perpetrator of a founded report of child abuse committed within the 5-year period immediately preceding verification or is named in the central register as the perpetrator of a founded report for a school employee committed within the 5-year period immediately preceding verification
    • Has been found guilty at any time of an offense listed in § 6344(c)(2), including criminal homicide, aggravated assault, kidnapping, rape, sexual assault, incest, endangering the welfare of children, prostitution, or sexual abuse of children
    • Has been found guilty of a drug-related offense within the past 5 years
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, §§ 2530; 2531
    Before a child may be placed with a prospective adoptive parent, a home study containing a favorable recommendation must have been completed within 3 years and been supplemented within 1 year prior to placement.
    The preplacement report must be included with a report of intention to adopt that must be filed with the court.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, §§ 2533; 2535
    Within 6 months after filing the report of intention to adopt, the intermediary that arranged the adoption placement of the child shall make a written report to the court in which the petition for adoption will be filed. The report shall include:
    • The name and address of the intermediary
    • The name, sex, racial background, age, date and place of birth, and religious affiliation of the child
    • The date of the placement of the child with the adopting parents
    • A statement that medical history information was obtained and if not obtained, a statement of the reason
    When a report of intention to adopt has been filed, the court shall order an investigation to be made and a report filed by a local public child care agency, a voluntary child care agency, or an appropriate person designated by the court. In lieu of the investigation, the court may accept an investigation made by the agency that placed the child and the report of investigation in such cases may be incorporated into the report of the intermediary.
    The investigation shall cover all pertinent information regarding the child’s eligibility for adoption and the suitability of the placement, including the physical, mental, and emotional needs and welfare of the child, and the child’s and the adopting parents’ age, sex, health, and racial, ethnic, and religious background.

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