Independent Adoptions in Pennsylvania

In independent adoptions, it is common for the adoptive parents to form a relationship with the birth parents of the child that is to be adopted. A good relationship with the birth parents can make adoptive parents feel more secure the adoption will be successful and not fall apart at the last minute.

Advantages to Independent Adoptions:

  • Freedom: When working outside of an agency setting, adoptive parents and biological parents are free to meet and talk openly about the prospective adoption, often leading to an emotional bond between the parents.
  • Speed: Independent adoptions are typically finalized more quickly than agency adoptions because there are no waiting lists or waiting periods. Parents are free to determine the pace of the adoption as they deem appropriate for their situation.
  • Expense: Independent adoptions are generally much less expensive than adoptions completed through agencies, which can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000 to complete the adoption process through a private agency. However, in some situations, adoptive parents in an independent adoption will still need to compensate the birth mother for medical expenses.

Disadvantages to Independent Adoptions:

  • Counseling: Unlike agency adoptions, counseling is not readily provided during the adoption process.
  • Leg-work: Independent adoptions are a lot of work! Prospective adoptive parents often spend countless hours and significant funds in finding the right birth parents to work with.
  • Restrictions: Some states outright disallow independent adoptions. In Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts and North Dakota parents cannot enter into independent adoptions. However, adoptive parents who have already identified prospective birth parents in these states can enter into an agency-directed adoption to complete the process.

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.