Closed Adoption Lawyer in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
Although very rare in the United States today, some adoption agencies in Pennsylvania and elsewhere 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 in Pennsylvania, the adoptive parents and birth parents may never meet or may only meet each other at the time of the adoption hearing; 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.
Contact Our Butler County PA Adoption Attorneys Today
Contact our Butler County PA adoption lawyers to speak with one of our experienced Cranberry Township adoption lawyers and learn how we can help you build your family through adoption. Call our offices at:
Cranberry Township in Butler County PA at (724) 776-9906
Pittsburgh in Allegheny County PA at (412) 231-9786
Canonsburg in Washington County PA at (724) 436-5500
Toll free at 1-844-VARI-LAW (1-8444-827-4529)
Appointments may also be available in other meeting locations throughout Pennsylvania upon advance arrangements with our office. Ask the secretary scheduling your appointment for details including appointment locations.
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Strong SupportA team of senior attorneys, junior associates, paralegals and law school clerks for full legal support throughout the process.
Complex CasesExperienced with high income, self employed professionals in complex support and equitable distribution cases.
DiverseAttorney Lisa Marie Vari is trained as a mediator and collaborative family lawyer.
ExperiencedMore than 30 years of experience practicing family law in Pennsylvania.