Pennsylvania Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: Adopt my ex girlfriends son

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 28, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Yes - if you adopt the child, you become as responsible financially for him as his biological father would be. My suggestion, then, is to be like a "big brother" to the kid if you want to support him, but *don't* adopt him if you have no new family unit and long-term plans with his mother.

Best of luck to you.

Q: What questions should I ask my lawyer about adult adoption?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 9, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
Just ask the lawyer what the procedure is and what the costs will be. If the attorney is knowledgeable, he/she will be able to explain everything to you and answer the questions that will come to mind. If the lawyer can't fill in all the blanks, you may want to consult with another one. One thing you should ask about is the change of your name if that's something you want. In my county, with an adult adoption, you proceed with the adoption and then will have to file to have an official change...

Q: we have custody of my cousin kids and was thinking of adoption. could you tell me the pros and cons of it.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 23, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
It's not really possible to tell you the pros and cons about adopting these children. That's for you to decide, but it's really not all that hard to figure out. Adopting them would make them your children in every sense of the word except biologically, with all the joys, responsibilities, and heartbreaks parents enjoy and suffer with their children. If that's not what you want, then you probably shoudn't adopt them.

Q: As a birth mom how often can I request money for food expenses

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Oct 5, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
I'm afraid I don't understand your question. Is your child born, and another Virginia couple is adopting your child? Are you in the middle of adoption proceedings either here in Pennsylvania, or in Virginia?

I suggest you contact whoever is brokering the adoption, and pose your question there. Alternately, if the child is born and still lives with you (and you otherwise qualify), you could file for food stamps or cash assistance for both you and your child now in Pennsylvania. Best...

Q: My x girlfriend is pregnant with my child. Can she offer our child up for adoption if I’m willing to raise our child?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 6, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
The law requires the biological father's rights to be terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily, before the child can be placed for adoption. Obviously then the question arises - what if she says she doesn't know who the father is? Good point. I'd try to keep eyes on her discreetly to see if she carries the baby to term or is no longer pregnant If she has the child then I suggest that you meet promptly with an experienced family law attorney to discuss filing for custody.

Q: We have custody of our grandchild, now 5. Can we adopt w/o lawyer and how?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 20, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
Well, the clerk of courts was right - you can try to do this on your own and hope, no pray, that you get it right. You really should contact an attorney. I'm not sure what state you're in but in PA, you may have a problem unless both parents willingly terminate their parental rights to allow the adoption. Since mom has had recent contact you may not reach the burden of proof for an involuntary adoption. I urge you to meet with a local attorney experienced in adoptions to obtain the information...

Q: I had my children out of wedlock fathers is on the birth certificate and also singed the. Paternity. Does he have rights

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 12, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Yes, he has parental rights . . . unless and until a court terminates them. You can certainly file a petition asking the court to involuntarily terminate his parental rights -- and at the same time, your new man can file a petition to adopt the children. In fact, a court will NOT terminate a parent's rights to children unless there's someone else ready, willing and able to step into parental shoes. Realize, however, that if the court does exactly as you ask, your new man will have all the...

Q: Can a child decide which caretaker they want to live with?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 12, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
One of the factors in a custody case is the child's preference but that's only one of 16 factors. I suggest that you consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area about your rights and options at this point.

Q: I had my children out of wedlock fathers is on the birth certificate and also singed the. Paternity. Does he have rig

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 11, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
You may have waited too long. One of the ways to demonstrate to the court that a parent's rights should be terminated is to show that, for a period of at least six months immediately preceding the filing of the petition, there was no performance of parental duties, including contacting the child. Since he's clearly done that, you may have missed out. Also, the court usually won't terminate the parental rights unless here is a pending adoption and that is usually expected to be by a stepparent,...

Q: ive had custody of my nieces since 2009 after my sister died. Can i change their last name? and can i adopt them?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 10, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
Where is their father? In order to adopt them you'd have to have his parental rights terminated and possibly go through a home study. To change their surname only, you'd still probably be required to notify him of your intention. I suggest that you contact a local attorney experienced in adoptions to discuss your options.

Q: If couple has 3 kids that go up for adoption - behind on child support. They have newborn.. Can they legally keep it?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 9, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Until and unless a court terminates parental rights, biological parents retain their parental rights to their children -- regardless of the past. Whether anyone reports the parents to child protective services is nobody's business but their own.

Hope this helps.

Q: My ex was incarcerated three years ago had the baby in jail don’t know were she’s at need help... my name isAaron

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
Hi, Aaron. Not trying to be smart but it sounds like you need a private investigator more than an attorney right now. Try using one or more of those paid internet people search engines. If you know what county she committed her jailable offense in, you may be able to find an old address on that statewide criminal record base. She might still be on probation. You can ask former friends and her family if they know where she is. Former employers and neighbors could shed some light on her...

Q: My grandfather, who is also my adoptive parent is refusing to give me my documentation.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Civil Litigation, Identity Theft and Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jun 26, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
You could go to the local police station in his neighborhood, explain the situation and ask for police assistance. Don't go in with an attitude; just go in, tell them you don't know what to do or where to turn, and ask them for their help. They may tell you to go pound sand . . . or they may be understanding and go out with you to talk to him (especially if things are slow). If the documents are yours and he won't give them to you, well then, that's not right.

Try that first. Best...

Q: How to adopt a now adult step child?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jun 15, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Your situation is not uncommon, and it's great that you both would take this formal action to solidify your relationship. Often your local court of common pleas (the big courthouse in your county seat) has forms that you can obtain and use as a guide. Contact the "Prothonotary" of your local "Orphans' Court" and ask them. You'll need to file paperwork and a filing fee, and then you'll need to appear in court at a hearing.

Question, however: is your biological father still alive? If...

Q: Where can I find forms for adopting a adult

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Have you tried the Prothonotary's Office in the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County? They may even have some forms online for your use. Try the Orphans' Court there as well. Best of luck to you.

Q: Where can I find forms for adopting a adult

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
Have you tried the Prothonotary's Office in the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County? They may even have some forms online for your use. Try the Orphans' Court there as well. Best of luck to you.

Q: Hi, How can I terminate the rights of my children’s father? My new husband would like to adopt.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on May 21, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
The children's bio dad can voluntarily agree to terminate his parental rights or you can file with the court to have them involutarily terminate. The termination and adoption procedures are complicated and paper intensive so I suggest that you consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area for details as to how this would proceed in your county.

Q: I want to know if I can talk to victim on the case on In Re Adoption of ASH

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on May 15, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
Yo appear to be the child ASH so I have no idea what you're asking. https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/1985749/in-re-adoption-of-ash/

Q: Missed TPR hearing. :*( CYS mailed lawyer only; didn’t tell me. I reqd he appeal TPR [30d,in PA]; didn’t. Any Recourse?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Legal Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Answered on May 5, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
You have a limited time within which to file and appeal. I strongly urge you to consult with an attorney experienced in appellate work, particularly dependency cases if possible, as well as to find a way to pay for the attorney. Don't miss the appeal deadline - you've already got enough procedural issues in your case.

Q: Can child protective services take your child from you in the hospital based on previous history?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Apr 20, 2018
Cary B. Hall's answer
I don't believe so - at least I've never heard of such a thing. It's not like hospital delivery rooms have a board in the hallway with pictures of folks saying, "Don't let any of these parents leave with their babies." Like some stores have on cash registers ("Don't let this person write a check.").

Best of luck -- and do better this time.

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