Private Adoptions

Private Adoption

There are several different avenues parents may take when adopting a child. Under the private adoption process, birth parents work through a licensed private agency to relinquish their parental rights to their child. The child is then matched with adoptive parents – with or without the help of the birth parents.

How Do Private Adoptions Work?

Working through an agency, birth parents might choose prospective adoptive parents based on profiles the adoptive parents have created. They might get to know each other before the adoption takes place, and in some cases, the birth parents and adoptive parents maintain regular contact.

In other cases, an agency will work alone to match a child with prospective adoptive parents. Each family’s situation is different, and agencies will work out a solution in the best interest of the child.

How Our Adoption Lawyers Can Help

Whether parents choose a private or public agency adoption, the process can be complex.

At Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, our attorneys can guide parents through the entire adoption process, including the following:

  • Filing an initial adoption petition
  • Completing a home study
  • Obtaining clearances
  • Completing various required reports

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“Adoptions come in many forms, our attorneys have the experience to guide families through this exciting process.”

In this video, Diana Schimmel explains how we help clients navigate the process smoothly and happily.

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Do I Need a Lawyer?

Whether parents choose a private or public agency adoption, the process can be complex. Agencies and the courts take parental rights and adoptions very seriously, and as a result, prospective adoptive parents must complete a thorough placement process. While adoptive parents are not required to have a lawyer, getting legal help from an experienced firm can streamline the adoption process and ensure there are no errors that might extend the waiting time.

At Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, our attorneys can guide parents through the entire adoption process, including the following:

  • Filing an initial adoption petition
  • Completing a home study
  • Obtaining clearances
  • Completing various required reports

Adoption should be an exciting time for families, and our attorneys are committed to helping them navigate the process as efficiently, correctly, and stress-free as possible. While our firm cannot eliminate the paperwork required, we can alleviate the potentially overwhelming nature of the steps ahead.

Contact Our Experienced Adoption Lawyers for Assistance

Our attorneys have guided many clients through both private and public adoption processes. If you are considering your options for adoption, we can help. Our team is knowledgeable about state laws regarding involuntary and voluntary termination of parental rights and adoption, and we can answer any questions you might have.

To get started, call (215) 523-6900 to schedule an appointment.

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