Adoption is an exciting process, but the legal requirements can make it seem daunting. Adoption laws vary from state to state, so it is important that you consider carefully the laws of the state in which you plan to adopt. Some Pennsylvania residents complete their adoptions in another state, depending on the circumstances involved in the adoption, such as the home state of the birthparents and that state’s requirements.
In Pennsylvania, residents (and sometimes qualifying non-residents, depending on the nature of the adoption) may adopt in several different circumstances, including step-parent adoption, international adoption, domestic adoption with the consent of the birthparents, adoption after the involuntary termination of the parental rights of the birthparents, and adult adoption. Each type of adoption presents its own challenges, and the process for each varies.
Individuals who are considering an adoption, of any type, often share the following questions and concerns:
- Who may adopt in Pennsylvania?
- What is involved in the adoption process?
- Do I need to have a home study?
- Will I have to go to court?
- How long will the adoption process take?
While the answers to the above vary depending on the type of adoption, an adoption attorney can assist you in navigating the adoption process and achieving the ultimate goal of adding to your family.