Your Resources for Adoption in Philadelphia

February 19, 2018
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If you’re thinking about an adoption in Philadelphia, know that the law firm of Bierly & Rabuck can help. Whether you’re a prospective adoptive parent or a woman considering placing a baby for adoption in Philadelphia, our experienced adoption lawyers can help you understand the process awaiting you and help you move forward whenever you’re ready to begin your adoption journey.

While our offices are located in State College, our professionals can still serve as your adoption attorney in Philadelphia, providing the same quality and quantity of services no matter where a client lives in Pennsylvania. We will work to make your adoption process as convenient as possible for you by meeting with you in person or referring you to additional, more local adoption professionals to complete your journey.

As your adoption attorney in Philadelphia, we will help you:

  • Understand the legalities of your Philadelphia adoption
  • Understand your rights during your specific adoption process
  • Complete any necessary termination of parental rights
  • Finalize your adoption
  • And more

Although we can complete all of the legal steps needed for your adoption in Philadelphia, we also recognize that you may require additional professionals to complete different parts of your adoption process. We are happy to provide referrals to local Philadelphia adoption professionals who can assist you through the non-legal steps of your adoption. The choice of adoption professional will always be up to you, so it’s encouraged that you do as much research as possible to find the match that’s best for you.

To help you in this search, we’ve listed some of the local Philadelphia adoption professionals you may consider:

Infant Adoption Agencies in Philadelphia

Our professionals at Bierly & Rabuck can help you navigate the legalities of an independent adoption in Philadelphia if you want to find an adoption situation or a prospective adoptive family on your own. However, if you want the assistance of an adoption agency to help you find the perfect match, we are happy to refer you to local agencies that our law firm commonly works with.

An adoption agency can also provide case management and counseling services for prospective birth parents and adoptive parents, which some of our clients find helpful during this emotional time. However, you will still need an adoption attorney even if you work with a Philadelphia adoption agency, and Bierly & Rabuck can still serve that need.

Some of the local adoption agencies available to you include:

Foster Care Adoption Agencies in Philadelphia

If you’re looking to adopt a child from foster care, our adoption attorneys can complete all the legal steps of your adoption process, but you will also need to work with a foster care adoption agency in Philadelphia or nearby areas to find the right adoption opportunity and receive the training you need. These professionals will approve you to adopt a waiting child on the foster care adoption photolisting, at which point we will assist you through the subsequent legal process of finalizing this adoption.

You can always contact the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, but here are some additional local Philadelphia foster care agencies:

Home Study Providers in Philadelphia

In most Philadelphia adoptions, prospective adoptive parents must undergo a home study investigation (those completing stepparent and relative adoptions are usually exempt). This investigation must be completed by a licensed home study provider before you can be cleared to adopt a child.

Home studies usually involve a trained social worker visiting your home to interview you and your household members about your adoption plans and goals. No matter where your home study provider is located, they will come to where you live — so location is usually not an issue to completing this requirement.

Some local Philadelphia home study providers are:

Hospitals in Philadelphia

But, what if you’re on the other side of the adoption process, asking, “Can I give my baby up for adoption in Philadelphia?”

You always have the right to professional adoption services and counseling if you’re a prospective birth mother in Philadelphia. The attorneys at Bierly & Rabuck are able to explain the adoption process to you confidentially and with no obligation to pursue adoption unless you are confident it’s the right choice for you. We can provide professional options counseling to help you learn more about your unplanned pregnancy options and also refer you to local Philadelphia adoption resources if you need them, including adoption agencies and additional counselors.

As a prospective birth mother, you will be able to work with a medical professional that you’re comfortable with throughout your adoption process. Receiving prenatal care is an important first step once you discover that you are pregnant, and there are many local Philadelphia hospitals and obstetricians that can provide this care (and, if you choose adoption, it will be completely free to you). Here are just a few of your medical professional options:

3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

215-662-4000

3401 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140

215-707-2000

501 S. 54st Street

Philadelphia, PA 19143

215-748-9000

You will always be able to create your own hospital plan that meets your preferences, like if you’ll see the adoptive family at the hospital, who will hold the baby first, etc. Your adoption professional can help you create a hospital plan that you’re comfortable with.

Begin Your Philadelphia Adoption Today

Choosing to pursue an adoption in Philadelphia is a brave and beautiful decision. Our professionals at Bierly & Rabuck can help you in this journey by providing all the legal assistance you need, as well as referrals to any additional adoption professionals in your area. We are always here to provide you the emotional and legal services you need to make the best decision for you, whether you’re looking to adopt a baby in Philadelphia or put a baby up for adoption in Philadelphia.

To learn more today, please contact our offices at 814-237-7900.