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Adoptions Lawyer in Indiana County

Adoption is of the happiest celebrations that a family can experience. The process of getting there can also be one of the more stressful times, for a multitude of reasons. We are here to help you through the intricacies of the process so that you can focus on the wonderful new addition to your family unit.

Families are not “one size fits all,” and neither are adoptions. Pennsylvania provides for many ways to adopt a new member into your family, and we are experienced with all of them.

Adoption in General

Typically, before adopting a child, there are a few steps that the adoptive parents must follow, including having a home-study performed by a licensed agency, having criminal background checks, and filing a document called a Report of Intention to Adopt. However, if the adoptive parents are both related to the child by consanguinity (blood) or marriage, then none of these requirements apply, and the adoption can move forward without them.

It is also important to note that children over the age of 12 must consent to the adoption in order for it to take place.