There aren’t as many barriers to adoption in Pennsylvania as there have been in the past, particularly for same sex couples and single parents.

In the case of stepparents, an adult who is legally married to a child’s parent can petition to adopt the child, if the absent or consenting biological parent’s rights are terminated. Grounds for termination include abandonment, lack of financial support or sustained lack of contact with the child. Children over the age of 12 must also consent to the adoption.

Same sex couples now can also petition for this type of “Second Parent Adoption”.

Our family law attorneys can also help to navigate the laws and requirements of domestic and international adoptions for single individuals and married couples, as well as those for grandparents who wish to adopt grandchildren in their care.