Birth Parents: What you should know if you’re considering adoption in Pennsylvania

Parents considering adoption in Pennsylvania should seek the advice of a knowledgeable and experienced adoption attorney before entering an agreement with an agency or prospective adoptive parents.

Know your rights:

As a birth mother in Pennsylvania you have the right to the following:

  • Counseling to help you with your decision, at no cost to you.
  • Meet and select your child's adoptive family
  • Have a binding legal agreement with the adoptive family that entitles you to continuing contact after your child is adopted
  • Counseling even after your rights have been terminated and the adoption is final

Changing your mind:

It is a popular misconception that once you give consent to an adoption you cannot change your mind. This is not the case for adoptions in Pennsylvania. Birth mothers may change their mind within thirty (30) days from the date of signing the consent; however, written notice must be given to the agency office, the attorney handing the adoption, or the Clerk of Orphans' Court in the county of termination.

If you have signed a consent to terminate your parental rights in contemplation of an adoption but think that you want to change your mind, you should speak to an adoption attorney immediately to ensure that your rights are preserved.

Pennsylvania law protects the rights of birth mothers and birth fathers as it relates to adoption. Most importantly, the birth parents' rights must be terminated in order to proceed with an adoption.

If you're a birth parent and need additional information, contact our Pittsburgh adoption lawyers to speak with one of our experienced Allegheny County adoption lawyers and learn how we can help you. 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 1-844-VARI-LAW. 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.