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Pennsylvania Adoption Laws

Adopting a child can be a complex process. The adoption process, including rules for who may adopt, is governed by state laws. Read on to learn more about Pennsylvania adoption law, including who may be adopted, who may adopt them, and other important statutory requirements for adopting a child in the state of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Adoption Laws

The following table lists the basic provisions of Pennsylvania's adoption laws and you can learn more in the background information that follows or see FindLaw's Adoption section.

Code Section Tit. 23 §§2101 to 2910
Who May Be Adopted Any person
Age that Child's Consent Needed 12 years and older
Who May Adopt Any person
Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption? Not required, but may do a temporary placement
State Agency/Court Dept. of Human Services/Common Pleas
Statute of Limitations to Challenge Not specified

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Related Resources for Adoption Laws

State standards and regulations concerning adoption can be complex and are subject to change. You can visit FindLaw's Adoption Laws section to review some of these laws and get a more general overview in our Adoption section.

Get Legal Help With an Adoption

Adoption can be a complicated process. There are many state and federal laws that govern adoption. An attorney will help you navigate these laws. They will help review your case, provide helpful legal advice, and advocate for you and your future child.

If you would like legal assistance with an adoption case, you can find an experienced Pennsylvania adoption attorney in your area to schedule a consultation.

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