Adoption in Pittsburgh can be a complicated process — but, with the legal assistance of the law firm of Bierly & Rabuck, you can be confident that all of your legal needs during this journey will be provided for. Our professionals are prepared to serve as your experienced adoption attorneys in Pittsburgh, whether you’re a prospective adoptive parent or birth parent in the area.
Which and how many Pittsburgh adoption professionals you need along the way will depend upon your adoption process, like whether you’re working through an agency or independently, or (if you’re an adoptive parent) adopting an infant or an older child. However, no matter what kind of adoption process you choose to purse, you will need an adoption attorney to represent your rights and interests and make sure that your adoption is completed legally and efficiently.
At Bierly & Rabuck, we can serve as your Pittsburgh adoption attorney, providing services like:
- Explaining the adoption process and your legal rights throughout it
- Helping navigate birth mother expenses and financial assistance
- Completing any necessary adoption consent or termination of parental rights
- Finalizing the adoption process
- And more
You can learn more about adoption in Pittsburgh by contacting our office at 814-237-7900 today. We will explain how adoption works in Pittsburgh and how we will help you through the process, including referring you to additional local adoption professionals if needed. We work with many Pennsylvania adoption professionals, but the final choice will always be up to your preferences and comfort.
In general, there are a couple of different kinds of adoption professionals that you may need during your Pittsburgh adoption:
Infant Adoption Agencies in Pittsburgh
Whether you’re wondering how to adopt a baby in Pittsburgh or place a baby for adoption in Pittsburgh, you might consider working with an adoption agency in addition to an experienced adoption attorney like those at Bierly & Rabuck. An adoption agency in Pittsburgh can often provide all of the case management and counseling services that an adoption attorney, especially one located outside of Pittsburgh, cannot.
Because an adoption agency often cannot provide legal services, you will still need to work with an adoption attorney if you choose to work with an adoption agency. It’s not uncommon for our attorneys to work with clients who have been referred by their Pittsburgh adoption agencies, or for our clients to seek out an adoption agency after learning more about adoption from our professionals.
There are some private infant adoption agencies in Pittsburgh that may provide the local adoption services you desire:
- The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center
- Family Hope Connection
- Catholic Charities
- MAYA Organization
Foster Care Adoption Agencies in Pittsburgh
If you’re considering adopting an older child from foster care, you will likely need to work with a foster care adoption agency in Pittsburgh or nearby to learn more about the process, receive the necessary training and find the perfect adoption opportunity. Once you find an adoption opportunity with that professional, our adoption attorneys can help you complete all the subsequent legal steps needed to finalize your adoption and bring this child permanently into your home.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is a good place to start to learn more about foster care adoption in Pittsburgh, but we also encourage you to contact these local foster care agencies for more information:
- Every Child, Inc.
- The Bair Foundation Child and Family Ministries
- Three Rivers Adoption Council
- Pressley Ridge
Home Study Providers in Pittsburgh
In general, a prospective adoptive family will need to complete a home study investigation before they can be cleared to adopt in Pittsburgh, unless they’re completing a relative or stepparent adoption. This home study investigation is a way for adoption professionals to make sure a family is truly prepared for the challenges and rewards of the adoption process.
No matter where you live in Pennsylvania, a home study professional will come to your house to complete this process. You can usually expect a trained social worker to use these visits to interview you and your family members to make sure you’re all aware of the realities of the adoption process. For most adoption processes, you must complete a home study before you can be approved for an adoption opportunity.
Some Pittsburgh home study professionals include:
- The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center
- Caring Adoption Associates, LLC
- MAYA Organization
- Families United Network
Hospitals in Pittsburgh
If you’re a prospective birth mother wondering, “Can I give a baby up for adoption in Pittsburgh?” know that Bierly & Rabuck will help you through every step of this process — from deciding if adoption is right for you to understanding your adoption rights to creating a post-placement contact agreement for the future. You can contact our options counselors at any time for free and completely confidentially to learn more about all of your unplanned pregnancy options, with no obligation to choose adoption unless you’re sure it’s right for you.
One of the most important professionals in your Pittsburgh adoption process is your medical professional. It’s important that you start receiving prenatal care as soon as you find out you are pregnant and, when you pursue adoption, these costs of pregnancy will be covered by the adoptive parents that you choose.
You will always get to choose a local hospital in Pittsburgh for your hospital plan, in which you’ll also get to decide how you want your hospital stay to go. Once you decide on a local medical professional, your adoption lawyer or adoption agency can help you create a hospital plan that works for you.
For local medical assistance as a pregnant woman, consider these organizations:
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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Pittsburgh, PA 15243
Start Your Pittsburgh Adoption Today
Whether you’re a pregnant woman considering placing a baby for adoption or a prospective adoptive parent hoping to adopt a baby in Pittsburgh, remember that Bierly & Rabuck is an experienced adoption professional who can help you through this life-changing process. We can provide all of the legal assistance you need to complete your adoption legally and efficiently and are happy to provide references to additional local Pittsburgh adoption professionals for any other services you may need.
Please contact our professionals to learn more about completing an adoption in Pittsburgh today.