Pennsylvania Closed Adoption Lawyer
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 412-281-9906
Canonsburg in Washington County PA at 724-436-5500
Clearfield in Clearfield County PA at 814-290-0587
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.
Our Western PA family law office routinely accepts adoption cases in Allegheny County,Beaver County, Berks County, Butler County, Clearfield County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County. Our Pittsburgh adoption attorneys accept adoption cases in other PA counties such as Armstrong County, Erie County, Fayette County, Greene County, Somerset County and Venango County on a case-by-case basis.