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Important information about filing an adoption in Pennsylvania.

ADOPTING YOUR STEP CHILD IN PENNSYLVANIA: We are committed to helping unite families through stepparent adoption. We understand that some relationships leave a child with an absent parent. Our program allows families to complete their Pennsylvania step parent adoptions without the high cost of an adoption attorney.
Completing a stepparent adoption in Pennsylvania doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Our goal is to empower families with an affordable means to adopt their stepson or stepdaughter. We back our service with a 100% court acceptance guarantee.
Adopt your step child in Pennsylvania. Forms to help do it yourself families to complete their own adoption in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania step parent adoption

Pennsylvania stepson and stepdaughter adoption.

Helping the entire State of Pennsylvania in stepparent adoption.

We help families throughout the entire State. Our documents have consistently been praised by the Courts in Pennsylvania and recommended by court clerks.
We help families in every city of Pennsylvania, including: Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Altoona, York, Wilkes-Barre, and every other city in Pennsylvania.

Important information about filing an adoption in Pennsylvania.

A stepparent adoption in Pennsylvania can be a fairly simple process, and it can be a wonderful step to take to unit the family unit. When the adoption is completed, the child will have the following benefits:
> New name is established (if desired)
> New birth certificate
> Two legal parents active in the child’s life
> Ability to inherit from adoptive parent
The child will have a relationship with the adoptive parent that is the same as if the child were born to the stepparent. The child’s new birth certificate will show the child’s new name and will have the adoptive parent and the natural parent listed as the child’s mother and father.
If your matter is complex, a local adoption attorney can answer any legal questions you may have. Review the following fact check which provides a general guideline as to whether you can do your own adoption:

Who can adopt.

> Stepmother, or
> Stepfather
A stepparent in Pennsylvania can file to adopt his or her step child. The stepparent must be legally married to the child’s parent.
In some states, a domestic partnership and same-sex marriages may also adopt under the step parent adoption laws.

Parental Rights

Both the biological father and the biological mother have parental rights to the child. In every adoption, the absent or consenting parents parental rights will have to be terminated.
Some of the common grounds for termination of parental rights are:
> Abandonment of the child
> Lack of financial support
> Sustained lack of contact
> Abuse or neglect of minor children
> Putative or presumptive father is not the bio-father

Child’s consent

In Pennsylvania, if the child is over 12 years of age, the child will be required to sign a consent to the adoption.

Where to file

You will file your step parent adoption documents in the court located in the county where you reside. If you are in the military, you have the option to file in your home-state of record.
We have listed the address for some of the Pennsylvania Courts below.

Pennsylvania Adoption

After you have determined that you want to complete a stepparent adoption, and have familiarized yourself with the adoption process, we can help you make the adoption a reality.
The adoption is fairly simple:
> Complete our online questionnaire
> Review and sign the adoption forms
> Notice the absent parent
> Sign all consents
> Complete background check (if required)
> Complete home-study (if required)
> Attend final adoption hearing
We will let you know if a background check or home study is required. We will also let you know if your specific situation can eliminate any steps or whether a step or two will need to be added.

Do it yourself step parent adoption in Pennsylvania


Here is the information for all of the courts in Pennsylvania that handle adoptions. If your region is not listed, we will include the nearest court information with your documents.


Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas: Front & Market Streets, Harrisburg, PA 17101 Phone: 717-780-6620 (Adoption Complaints are filed with the Prothonotary:) (717) 780-6520


Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas:300 Frick Building, 436 Grant Street, Room 114, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Phone: (412) 350-5322


Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas: Philadelphia City Hall, Broad and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Phone: 215-686-7000


Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas: 50 North Duke Street, P.O. Box 83480, Lancaster, PA 17608-3480 Phone: 717-299-8041


Berks County Court of Common Pleas: 633 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601 Phone: 610-478-6208


Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas: 455 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18105-1548 Phone: 610-782-3148 (civil)


Northampton County Court of Common Pleas: 669 Pennsylvania Street, Easton, PA 18042 Phone: 610-559-6701


Erie County Court of Common Pleas: 140 West Sixth Street, Room 201, Erie, PA 16501-1030 Phone: 814-451-6295


Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas: 430 Court Street, New Castle, PA 16101 Phone: 724-656-1930


Bucks County Court of Common Pleas: 55 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 Phone: 215-348-6040


Delaware County Court of Common Pleas:201 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063 Phone: 610-891-4550


Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas: P.O. Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404 Phone: 610-278-3229


Court filing fees.

The court filing fees for an adoption in Pennsylvania are approximately $200.

Step Parent Adoption in Pennsylvania We help families throughout Pennsylvania complete their stepparent adoptions without the high cost of an adoption attorney. We serve families in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Altoona, York, Wilkes-Barre, and all the other cities in Pennsylvania.

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