Helping Families With Adoptions In Pennsylvania
Expanding your family can be both exciting and nerve-racking. We work hard to make this process easy for our clients by helping them understand the next steps and what will be expected of them under Pennsylvania law as proposed adoptive parents.
At Purdy Law Office, LLC, in the Lemoyne area, we deal with both infant adoptions and the adoption of older children who may have been a part of our clients’ family for some time, including, but not limited to:
- Stepparents adopting their stepchildren
- Adults adopting their partners’ children
- Grandparents adopting grandchildren they have raised
- An aunt, uncle or another relative adopting a family member
Termination Of Parental Rights
Before an adoption can take place, parental rights must be terminated. All of the caregivers and separated or divorcing parents that we work with want nothing more than what is best for their children. Sadly, a child’s well-being may require the severing of a relationship with a parent. This may occur when:
- A parent fails or refuses to perform essential parental duties
- Continued contact with a parent threatens a child’s safety or welfare
- A parent fails to maintain contact with a child for a prolonged period of time
In every case, there must be sufficient evidence to convince a court that terminating parental rights is necessary and appropriate.
To terminate a parent’s rights forever, another adult, often a stepparent, must be willing to step in to adopt the child. In many cases, a child’s stepparent has already been acting as his or her father or mother and the parties are asking the court to solidify an already existing family unit.
The attorneys at Purdy Law Office, LLC, take great satisfaction in assisting families with adoptions, and we will carefully explain this multistage process to you.
An Attorney With A Personal Connection
Attorney Pamela L. Purdy is passionate about adoption since she was adopted as a child. Her father, who was also an attorney, helped others adopt children as well.
Attorney Allison G. Hastings also handles a significant amount of adoptions and works as a Guardian ad Litem representing the best interest of children in adoption and termination of parental rights proceedings.
Both attorneys’ experiences have taught them how meaningful adoption can be for a child and the adoptive parent. They also have a tremendous understanding of the process and what makes a successful adoption. This makes them effective and compassionate advocates as you go through these proceedings.
Because of the very personal nature of an adoption, we invite you to meet with us consultation before choosing who will help you and those you love through this process. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call us at 717-221-8303 or send us an email.