Adopting a Child and ART

If you seek to adopt a child, you will be faced with a choice: use a licensed adoption agency or use an independent adoption facilitator who acts as a ... read more
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Family Law: Adoption FAQ
How can my spouse adopt my child from a previous relationship? Can I collect child support if my husband has adopted my son? I was adopted shortly after my birth. Am I able to access my adoption records? Will I be able to contact my grandson after he's adopted? Q: How can my spouse adopt my child from ... Read more

Interracial Adoption: Love Is Color Blind
What do you think of when you hear the word "family?" For many, the image of a child comes to mind almost instantly. For couples and adults who can't have children of their own, adoption is sometimes the only chance of having a family. Today, many parents are taking on more than the usual responsibilities ... Read more

Lawyer Accused of Running Nationwide Adoption Scam
Thousands of children are adopted in the US each year, according to statistics collected by the Children's Bureau, which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Many people want to adopt, and competition for available children is high. And the adoption process itself is usually a ... Read more

Advertising an Unborn Baby for Adoption
Thousands of children are adopted each year and thousands more are waiting to be adopted. How do birthmothers and adoptive parents get together? Often it's an adoption agency handling practically all aspects of the adoption. Sometimes it's through an independent or "private" adoption. A private adoption ... Read more

Heiress Loses Custody of Adopted Cambodian Son
For some people, adoption is the answer when it's time to start a family. It's usually a happy, exciting time. Sometimes, though, it's not always smooth sailing - even for the "rich and famous," as Elizabeth Johnson's story shows. Johnson Case Elizabeth Johnson is the heiress to the fortune made by her ... Read more

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If you are asking if the biological parent can get back a child that she put up for adoption previously, the answer is "no"  if the adoption was approved by a court.

You can file a petition to terminate the biological father's parental rights and for your husband to adopt your son.

Recent changes in the law have given parents greater rights that can overcome even natural and legal grandparents' rights. This makes it vastly harder for loving grandparents to develop a relationship ...Read more

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NJ Supreme Court says Indigent Parents need representation in adoption case

The New Jersey Supreme Court just issued a decision only yesterday affirming that a parent who previously placed her child in foster care had a right to free legal counsel when the foster care agency ... Read more

Adoption

Unlike divorce, child custody and child support matters, adoption is a family law process that rarely involves conflict. Placing a child in need of a family with a parent or parents to love, raise and ... Read more

Obtaining Pre-Adoption Birth Information: A Window into the Past

Pennsylvania law provides adoptees the ability to access certain kinds of "pre-adoption" birth information under certain circumstances.  For adoptees, this opens up an extraordinary opp ... Read more

Adoption Procedures in Pennsylvania: Local Rules for Orphan’s Court in Lehigh County

Under Pennsylvania law, adoptions are regulated by the state law statutory scheme set forth in the "Adoption Act."  In addition, each county provides its own set of "local rules&qu ... Read more

Legal Ethics

Appraising All Parties of Their Rights and Obligations Adoptions and Surrogacy Agreements raise substantial ethical considerations. Particularly in the case of Surrogacy Agreements, the parties are es ... Read more

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