Although very rare in the United States today, some adoption agencies still provide closed adoption services. In a closed adoption the prospective adoptive family puts their name on a list and waits for the agency to make a match. The result is that the adoptive parents won't know where their child came from, or who his or her birth parents are.
In the case of some closed adoptions, the adoptive parents and birth parents meet each other at the time of the adoption; however, they do not stay in touch after the adoption takes place. Oftentimes in closed adoptions the adoptive family does not want the child to know who his or her birth parents are, especially before turning 18.
When adoptions are closed, the files are usually physically sealed. However, there are procedures through which family members seeking to "open" a closed adoption may be able to access information about the other parties. However, depending upon the county in which the adoption was finalized, a court order may be required to reveal information that can be used to identify a party to an adoption.
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Contact our Pittsburgh adoption lawyers to speak with one of our experienced Allegheny County adoption lawyers and learn how we can help you build your family through adoption. You may also telephone our PA adoption law firm in Pittsburgh at 412-281-9906, Southpointe (Canonsburg, Washington County) at 724-436-5500, Cranberry Township (Butler County, PA) at 724-776-9906 or toll-free at 1-855-VARI-LAW (1-855-827-4529). Our Pittsburgh and Southpointe law offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment. Our Cranberry Township office is open by appointment only. We're different from many other Pittsburgh adoption lawyers, click here to learn why.
Appointments may also be available in other meeting locations throughout Western Pennsylvania upon advance arrangements with our office. Ask the secretary scheduling your appointment for details including appointment locations.
Our Western PA family law office routinely accepts adoption cases in Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County. Our Pittsburgh adoption attorneys accept adoption cases in other Western PA counties such as Armstrong County, Erie County, Fayette County, Greene County, Somerset County and Venango County on a case-by-case basis.