Experienced Philadelphia Private Adoption Attorney

There are a number of situations in which an individual who is not the biological parent of a child wishes to become the child's legal parent through a court-recognized private adoption. This may result from an untimely death of a child's parents, incapacitation of a child's parents, incarceration of a child's parents or the removal of parents by child protective services. Often, the adoption is sought by someone who is already related to the child, such as a stepparent, aunt or grandparent.

Retaining the services of an experienced private adoption attorney in Philadelphia will ensure that your private adoption is handled efficiently and that every step in the process is followed correctly. At Previtera & Schimmel, we represent clients in a variety of private adoptions, including:

  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Kinship adoptions by grandparents, aunts, uncles or other family members
  • Same-sex partner adoptions
  • Private agency adoptions

Terminating A Biological Parent's Rights

It is necessary to terminate the parental rights of a child's biological parent or parents before the adoption can proceed. This can be done voluntarily or involuntarily. The court has identified nine statutory grounds for involuntarily terminating a person's parental rights. These include abuse or neglect, as well as failure to perform parental duties for a period of at least six months.

We are knowledgeable about Pennsylvania laws regarding voluntary and involuntary termination of parental rights and adoption, and can answer any questions that you have. We are conscious of the sensitive issues involved in the adoption process and respectful of the privacy of all parties involved.

Meet With A Private Adoption Lawyer In Philadelphia

Adopting a child is a celebratory event. Many would-be adoptive parents are nervous about the safeguards put in place, but they exist for good reasons. We prepare our clients for the court appearance that is part of every private adoption — and event that often culminates with memorable photographs of the new parents posing with the judge who made it official. We welcome the opportunity to help any prospective adoptive parent through the process.

If you have questions about private adoption, including stepparent or kinship adoption, contact our law firm to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We work with clients throughout Greater Philadelphia.