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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Open Adoption and Closed Adoption: What Is the Difference?
Learn more about adoptions that allow continuing communication with birth parents. ... Read more

Family Law: Adoption FAQ
Answers to some basic questions about adoption. ... 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

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What kind of contact has the biological father had with the child? Has he paid child support or otherwise supported the child?

A child that was placed for adoption and who was legally adopted by another family will not receive a share of an intestate estate. An intestate estate is one where the person dies without a will. &nb ...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


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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