Help For Your Adoption
Adoption is a very special family law matter. It helps people become parents, bringing them great joy. But it is not simple. The transfer of parental rights from a birth mother and father to new parents is a very technical and complex legal procedure. Given the magnitude of the reassignment of legal rights, you want to make certain everything is done properly and in a way that minimizes the stress on all involved.
Our attorneys at JSDC Law Offices recognize the importance of getting this right. We want the arrival of a new child into your life to be joyous and exciting. We understand the laws and procedures used in Pennsylvania that govern adoptions, and we can help you work through the process successfully.
Legal Requirements For Adoptions
Pennsylvania sets no legal requirements on who can adopt. Couples and individuals can adopt a child, but simply because anyone can adopt a child does not mean everyone can adopt. There are requirements for criminal background checks for adoptive parents and in many situations, a formal home study will need to be completed. We will discuss the specific requirements that may apply to your situation.
At an abstract level, an adoption is a contract. This contract is very important as it will also govern many of your rights and obligations during the adoption process. Our attorneys take the time to sit down, learn about your circumstances and goals and ensure that your contract fully protects your rights and that you fully understand your obligations.
Birth Mothers And Fathers
Because giving a child for adoption is a momentous step for any mother (or father), there are specific legal requirements that protect your rights. We can help you with this process, ensuring you understand exactly what happens at each step. For fathers of adoptive children, the law is even more complex, and we can help you when you decide to surrender your parental rights.