Adopting a child is a defining moment of someone’s life. A person who wants to raise a child can use the adoption process to become the parent they deserve to be. Once an adoption is completed, adoptive parents have all the rights and privileges of biological parents.
Biological parents, meanwhile, may have difficulty caring for a minor child. They want to do what’s best for themselves and their child. The adoption process allows for birth mothers and birth fathers to have some control over their child’s future. As such, by agreeing to an adoption, adoptive parents, biological parents, and the child all benefit.
For as beneficial as adoption proceedings are, even voluntary adoption proceedings for minor children can be very difficult and complex. Parental rights must be terminated, home studies may need to be conducted, and a myriad of other regulations may apply. As such, whether you are an adoptive parent or a biological parent, seeking legal counsel for these proceedings is crucial.
Not all adoptions are voluntary, moreover. In some instances, a biological parent may not wish to lose their parental rights to a child but, due to circumstances, are at risk of having their parental rights involuntarily terminated. To prevent this, the biological parent must hire an attorney as soon as possible to ensure their future with their child is not compromised.
As an attorney specialized in Pennsylvania family law, Lauren D’Alessandro understands the various aspects of adoption law and the legal skills necessary to represent a party in adoption proceedings. Lauren has negotiated numerous family law orders and will use that experience to assist you. Contact her to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards resolving any adoption issues you have.
In Pennsylvania, when a parent wishes to place their child for adoption the legal term for doing so is called a voluntary termination of parental rights. Courts usually will not accept a voluntary termination of parental rights if a family has not stepped forward to adopt the child. However, where someone is willing to do so, courts are amenable to hearing such requests.
By voluntarily rather than involuntarily terminating your parental rights, you are saving yourself time and money. There is no legal battle involved. As long as the court accepts your request, the adoption can continue. However, given how complex adoption proceedings are even with voluntary termination of parental rights, both adoptive parents and birth parents are strongly encouraged to seek legal counsel in these proceedings.
Under Pennsylvania law, adoption proceedings involving involuntary termination of parental rights are much more difficult. Due to how important parental rights are, the law permits such terminations only in certain situations. Such circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:
Where one of these conditions occur, involuntary termination is possible. If you are a parent and are defending against one of these claims, you are highly encouraged to discuss your situation with an attorney.
Regardless of the area of family law you are litigating, hiring an attorney experienced and specialized in family law is crucial. Attorney Lauren D’Alessandro represents clients in Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Her office is located in Newtown and she invites you to contact her to schedule a consultation. You can contact her here. She looks forward to hearing from you!