Many children grow up in loving homes with caring adults who serve as their parents in nearly every sense of the word — but due to a number of factors, that relationship may not be legally recognized while the child is a minor.
However, it is not too late to legally establish a parent-child relationship once the child reaches adulthood. In fact, Bierly & Rabuck can provide all of the services needed to legally complete an adult adoption in Pennsylvania, including:
– ensuring you understand the adult adoption
– obtaining the necessary consents from the adopting parents and adult adoptee.
– filing an adoption petition with the court to initiate the legal adoption process.
– arranging and accompanying you to the finalization hearing.
– obtaining a new birth certificate for the adoptee after finalization.
– providing the general case management and oversight you need through each step of the process.
– and more.
By being formally adopted or adopting an adult you care about, you can ensure your important, longstanding relationship is legally recognized and protected. Here, learn how to adopt an adult with Bierly & Rabuck, and discover the important benefits this type of adoption can offer your family.
Benefits of Adult Adoption
Like any other form of adoption, adult adoption establishes a new legal parent-child relationship. This type of adoption is common for foster children who have aged out of the system, stepchildren whose noncustodial parents’ rights were never terminated, and many other now-adult children who have developed a deep, meaningful bond with an informal parental figure.
Whatever circumstances have led you to the possibility of adult adoption, there are many reasons to consider formalizing this important relationship:
– It ensures full inheritance rights for the adult adoptee
– It offers certain social security benefits
– It allows adoptive parents and their children to visit one another in the hospital
– And more
Because adult adoption typically follows a longstanding relationship developed over time, the most important benefits of this form of adoption are often emotional; it can be a powerful symbol of your love and commitment to one another, providing a long-awaited sense of permanence and finality for everyone in your family.
How to Adopt an Adult in Pennsylvania
Not only can you adopt someone over 18 in Pennsylvania — the process is much simpler than you might think. Because adult adoption does not involve the termination of parental rights, it tends to be a fairly straightforward legal process. In addition, adoptive parents do not need to search for an adoption opportunity or complete a home study, making it a relatively streamlined and inexpensive form of adoption.
An experienced attorney is the only professional you need to complete the entire adult adoption process, from filing the adoption petition to finalizing the adoption in court and obtaining a new birth certificate.
If you are ready to officially make your now-adult child a permanent member of your family, please contact Bierly & Rabuck to schedule a consultation.