Yes. Court approval is needed for both agency and private adoptions. Read More >>
If biological parents give up a child to adoption, what rights and obligations do they retain?
Generally, they lose all rights and have no obligations. They have no right of contact with the child, cannot obtain information about the child and have no obligation to support the child. However, there are "open adoptions" in which parents may by Read More >>
What is the definition of an unfit parent?
An unfit parent is one who has failed to have regular contact with a child or to contribute to his or her support. A parent is also unfit if he or she has been abusive or has otherwise failed to provide adequate care for the child. Read More >>
What happens if a stepparent adopts his or her spouse’s child and the couple later divorces?
A divorce does not affect the legality of the adoption. The stepparent continues to have all of the rights and responsibilities as the biological parent, including a right to seek custody and a duty to support the child. Read More >>
What is a stepparent adoption?
A stepparent adoption is one in which a child's biological parent marries someone who wishes to adopt the biological parent's child and is able to do so because the other biological parent consents or because consent is unnecessary. If a biological Read More >>
Who has access to adoption records?
In most states, court adoption records are sealed and can only be opened by court order. However, Pennsylvania requires that certain non-identifying information, such as the medical history of the biological family, be made available to the adoptive Read More >>
What is the legal status of an adopted child?
An adopted child has exactly the same rights as a child reared by his or her biological parents. Adoptive parents have the same obligations to the adopted child as they would to a child born to them. Read More >>