In Pennsylvania, adoptions can be completed through the state's Department of Human Services or through licensed private agencies, including attorneys. Adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old and capable of providing a safe and stable home for a child. The birth parents' rights must be terminated before the adoption can be finalized. A home study and background checks are required for all adoptive parents. Adoptive parents may also be required to complete parenting classes or other educational requirements. The adoption process can be complex, and it is recommended that prospective adoptive parents work with an attorney who specializes in adoption law.
In Pennsylvania, a step-parent may adopt a child that is the legal child of their spouse. The process for a step-parent adoption is similar to that of a traditional adoption, but with some additional requirements. However, a step-parent adoption usually takes less time and costs less money as a home study is not required. The birth parent who is not the spouse of the step-parent must consent to the adoption or have their rights terminated by a court. It is important to note that the adoption will sever any legal relationship the child has with the non-custodial birth parent.
Adoptions do take time though, so if you are interested, please make sure you allow yourself enough time for the process. If you are interested in a step-parent adoption please do not hesitate to reach out to us here at Lyons Law.