In general Pennsylvania birth parents have a voice in choosing their child's adoptive parents. Agencies typically give the birth parents biographies of prospective adoptive parents, and the birth parents are free to choose the family they are most comfortable with. Birth parents and adoptive parents meet, and may be in touch frequently during the pregnancy. Many times the adoptive parents are able to witness their child's birth. Some families stay in touch through their adoption agency, especially on birthdays and holidays. Others become and remain friends.
Recent developments in Pennsylvania Adoption law has made it possible for birth parents and adoptive parents to remove the mystery from the adoption process by entering into an enforceable open adoption agreement. By encouraging contact between adoptive parents and birth parents before and after the adoption is final, the open adoption process also allows adoptive parents to provide answers their children's questions about who their birth parents were, and why they were adopted. Open adoptions are a healthy option for children because the child's concerns can be addressed directly by everyone who was involved in the adoption process. However, there can be downsides to entering into an open adoption. Some adoptive parents find the degree of openness to be a threat and fear that the birth parents will intrude upon their lives after the adoption is over, or even seek to have the child returned to them. Oftentimes these fears can be allayed by the degree of control prospective adoptive parents have over choosing the right biological parents with whom to enter into the 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.