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Pennsylvania Adoption

Adoption in Pennsylvania

If you live in Pennsylvania and are pregnant and considering adoption, please visit our For Birthmothers page for more information on how the adoption process works.  

Looking for the right Adoptive Family for you?  Visit our View Waiting Families page to read profiles for adoptive families hoping to adopt a child.

Below is some brief information about adoption laws in Pennsylvania.  If you are an adoptive family and are just starting your adoption journey, visit our Adoptive Family Page to learn more about how adoption works.   Below is a list of Pennsylvania Home Study Providers if you are an adoptive family looking to take the first steps in your adoption journey.  

We appreciate that you have taken the time to stop by and certainly look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Pennsylvania Adoption Law

When it comes to laws that govern Pennsylvania adoption, trying to find a quick and simple answer can be frustrating.  Trying to decipher what a specific adoption law statute means can be overwhelming.  Below is a quick summary to some of the most common Pennsylvania adoption laws.  NOTE: Under no circumstances should this information be relied upon as complete legal advice or applicable to your specific adoption.  It is intended only to be a reference and not definitive.

Consent to Adopt

Birthmother can sign consent anytime 72 hours after birth. Consent must be witnessed by a Notary and Child Protective Services agency. Birthfather can sign consent at anytime before or after the birth. Consent can be revoked at anytime prior to 30 days after signing, however; a court hearing is required to revoke consent. The state does not have a birthfather registry.

Birthmother Living Expenses

Birthmother living expenses are not allowed to paid.

Adoption Finalization

Finalization may occur 3-12 months from the date consent to adopt is irrevocable. The state does allow non-residents to finalize in the state of Pennsylvania. State statutes do allow finalization to take place in another state.

Pennsylvania Home Study Providers

In Pennsylvania, a Home Study is the first step in the adoption process.  Essentially, a home study is performed to ensure that you would be capable and appropriate parents to an adopted child.  A home study may be performed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Resources, a licensed child placing agency, or an individual or agency licensed by the department to perform investigations

Over the years, Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions has built a national database of Home Study Providers. These are individuals that have proven to be professionals in their field. Based on our experience, they provide the most comprehensive and qualified home studies within their state.

This list is provided to you as a service in the interest of positive adoptions. All individuals and entities listed are independent and do not represent Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions in any way. Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions does not receive any fee or portion of the home study provider’s fee for making their contact information available to you.

Jennifer Rosenberger

Adoption Connection PA
New Brighton, PA

Rachel Kuhr

AdoptionLinks Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA

Linda Carlson

Adoptions Associates
Reading, PA

Jeanne McGee

Adoptions from the Heart
Wynnewood, PA
610 642-7200

Jessica Roseborough

All About Love Adoptions by AHSA
Coatesville, PA
610 429-1001

Regina Levin

Child and Home Study Associates
Media, PA
610 565-1544

Shannon Kelly

Children's Aid Society.
Clearfield, PA

Kathy Roach

Diakon Adoption and Foster Care
Topton, PA
610 682-1526

Debbie Zoller

Jewish Family Services of Lehigh Valley
Allentown, PA
610 821-8722

Kate Adams

Lansdale, PA
267 474-9237

Lavida International Adoption Agency

Lavida International Adoption Agency
King of Prussia, PA
610 688-8008

Erica Schmitt

The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center
Pittsburgh, PA
412 441-4884

Jacqueline Wilson

Three Rivers Adoption Council
Pittsburgh, PA
412 471-8722

Emily Bell

Transitions Adoption Agency
Haverford, PA