Adoption

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Ready to Adopt?

Adoption can be one of the most joyful times in life. Whether you adopt a baby, a stepchild, a foster child, or a relative, processing legal adoptions in Pennsylvania can be intimidating. Contact an experienced adoption attorney from The Law Offices of Going and Plank to help you navigate the sometimes daunting process.

Private Adoption

In private adoptions, agencies connect birth parents with adoptive parents. The levels of privacy and anonymity vary widely. Birth parents can remain anonymous, never meeting the adoptive parents personally. Some birth parents choose to be active in selecting adoptive parents, while others delegate parental selection to the agency. In some cases, birth parents mandate an open adoption that requires ongoing communication with the adoptive parents. It’s not uncommon for birth parents and adoptive parents to meet before the adoption takes place.

In each of these scenarios, an adoption attorney from Going and Plank will be your advocate and help you through a sometimes complicated process. We help you file adoption petitions, complete home studies and obtain clearances, and assist you with the completion of reports. We understand the added levels of complexity sometimes present with private adoptions. If you want to talk to an experienced adoption attorney about private adoption, click here.

Public Adoption

Agencies funded by local, state, and federal sources facilitate the adoption of children and babies from foster care, known as public adoption. Each agency may handle the process a little differently. An adoption attorney from Going and Plank will help you become familiar with the process, help you file adoption petitions, help you complete home studies and obtain clearances, and assist you with the completion of reports. Contact an experienced adoption lawyer now to help make a new baby or child a part of your family.

Kinship Care and Adoption

When a child or baby can’t stay with his or her birth parents, that child could be placed in the permanent care of an extended birth family member, also called kinship care. If you want to take over the permanent guardianship or adoption of a child or baby in your extended family, an attorney from Going and Plank will lead you through the process, including adoption petitions, home studies, clearances, and reports. If you’re ready to bring your family closer together, contact our experienced adoption attorney now.

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Same-Sex Adoption

Same-sex couples have been able to adopt babies and children since 2016. An adoption attorney at Going and Plank will work with you as a liaison between prospective couples and public and private adoption agencies. We’ll guide you through the process, ensuring paperwork, petitions, home studies, clearances, and reports are in order. Going and Plank can help you make your adoption dreams into a reality. If you’d like to talk to an adoption lawyer experienced in same-sex adoptions, click here.

Stepchild Adoption

Many stepparents legally adopt stepchildren. Noncustodial parents (the parents without custody of the child) must give consent unless they have already lost parental rights. An adoption lawyer from Going and Plank can help stepparents through the process and can ensure all petitions and permissions are in order. We’ll simplify the process of home studies, clearances, and reports. Going and Plank can help bring your family closer with the adoption of stepchildren. Click here to contact an experienced adoption lawyer.

An Adoption Attorney Helps You Create a Family

Whether you are adopting a baby, a child, a stepchild, or a member of your extended family, adoptions can be a joyful event that can improve the lives of parents and children. Adoption laws and regulations vary from state to state, and from region to region. When you’re considering legal adoption, contact an experienced adoption attorney at Going and Plank. We’ll work closely with you to help you move through the process confidently.

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