Adoption Agencies in Pennsylvania

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Adoption Agencies in Pennsylvania

If you are a pregnant woman or birth mother please click here to see information that is geared to your needs.

If you are an adopting family we believe you will find the information below helpful. We begin by giving you information regarding child adoption law in Pennsylvania (what you can and can't do) and then provide you with information on children available for adoption in Pennsylvania.  We then relate how we can assist you during the adoption process and finally we provide a list of licensed Pennsylvania adoption agencies which you browse through for additional information.

Pennsylvania Child Adoption Laws

Before starting to search for a child to adopt or an agency to assist you, it is important that you understand how the adoption laws in Pennsylvania may affect your decisions. Making informed decisions is the best way of increasing your chances of adopting a child.  By way of example, we have listed below a few of the important parts of Pennsylvania child adoption law including such topics as advertising, adoption facilitators, and the critical issue of ending the biological parental rights (called a Consent, Relinquishment or Surrender).

Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements
Use of Advertisement
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 28A, § 14

No person shall cause to be published in a newspaper or to be broadcast on a radio or television station in the Commonwealth an advertisement or notice for the placement or reception of a child under 16 years of age for adoption unless such advertisement is placed by a licensed or approved placement agency, or with the written approval of the office. Such advertisement or notice shall include the license or registration number issued to the provider or agency pursuant to § 10.

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 28A, § 11(c)

No person shall place or knowingly facilitate the placement of any child in the care or control of any other person not related to such child by blood or marriage, or in the care or control of any organization other than a licensed or approved placement agency, for purposes of adoption.

No person unrelated to such child by blood or marriage, and no organization other than a licensed or approved placement agency, shall receive such a child for purposes of adoption, except from a licensed or approved placement agency.

Consent to Adoption
Who Must Consent to an Adoption
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2

Written consent to the adoption is required from:
The lawful parents, who may be previous adoptive parents
A surviving parent
The mother only, if the child has been born out of wedlock
The child's spouse, if any
If an agency or person receiving a child born out of wedlock for purposes of a subsequent adoption receives from the child's mother an executed consent, and no person has acknowledged paternity of the child or has been adjudicated the father of the child by any court of competent jurisdiction, then the person or agency shall request that the mother voluntarily provide a sworn written statement, executed before a notary and in the presence of two competent witnesses, one of whom shall be selected by the mother, that identifies the child's father and his current or last known address. Any such statement shall be used solely for the purpose of notifying the person named as the father of the status of the child.

Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2

A child who is age 12 or older must consent to the adoption.

When Parental Consent is not Needed
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 3

The consent of the persons named above shall not be required if:

The person to be adopted is age 18 or older.
The court finds that the adoption is in the best interests of the child due to parental unfitness.
A finding of unfitness may be based on the following:

The child has been abandoned.
The child or another child has been abused or neglected.
The child has been in out-of-home placement for at least 6 months and the parents have not maintained significant and meaningful contact with the child.
The child is age 4 or older and in the custody of the department for at least 12 of the last 15 months and cannot be returned home.
The child is younger than age 4 and in the custody of the department for at least 6 of the last 12 months and cannot be returned home.
The parent, without excuse, fails to provide proper care or custody for the child.
Because of the lengthy absence of the parent or the parent's inability to meet the needs of the child, the child has formed a strong, positive bond with a substitute caretaker.
The parent has made no effort to remedy conditions that create a risk of harm to the child.
The child or another child has been subjected to severe or repetitive conduct of a physically, emotionally, or sexually abusive or neglectful nature.
The parent has willfully failed to visit and support a child who is not in the custody of the parent.
The parent suffers from a condition, such as alcohol or drug addiction, mental deficiency, or mental illness, that makes the parent unlikely to provide minimally acceptable care of the child.
The parent's conviction of a felony will deprive the child of a stable home for a period of years.
There exists a prior pattern of parental neglect or misconduct or a felony assault that resulted in serious bodily injury to the child and a likelihood of future harm to the child based on such prior pattern or assault.

When Consent Can Be Executed
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2

Written consent shall be executed no sooner than the 4th day after the birth of the child.

Revocation of Consent
Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210 § 2

A consent executed in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be final and irrevocable from the date of execution.

Rights of Presumed (Putative) Fathers
Registry/Paternity Requirements to Receive Notice
Citation: Ch. 210 § 4A

Notice of adoption proceedings is given to the father who has filed a parental responsibility claim with the Department of Social Services.
Within 30 days of notice concerning the child's adoption, the person claiming paternity must file a petition for adoption or custody of the child with the probate court.

Please visit adoption law in Pennsylvania for more details.

Are Children Available for Adoption in Pennsylvania

Yes, through both public and private adoption agencies.  For example, in 2004, Pennsylvania had 4,041 children in the welfare system waiting to be adopted of whom 110 were under the age of 1 year, and 1,338 were between ages 1-5 years old. The actual number of children adopted through Pennsylvania public child welfare agencies was only 1,898, which represents only a small portion of the total number of all Pennsylvania adoptions (exact numbers are not available at this time).

Remember that while you may be a resident of Pennsylvania, you are not limited to adopting a child from Pennsylvania.  You can adopt a child born in Pennsylvania, a child born in any other U.S. state, or even a foreign born child.  What is important for you to understand is that infants and children are available for adoption in Pennsylvania, in each of the other the 49 states, and in many foreign countries.

Can We Assist You with a Child Adoption in Pennsylvania

Yes, we can help you and so can any licensed child adoption agency (we have listed several below).  By way of introduction to Adoption Services, Inc, I will relate to you a little about myself and our child adoption agency.

Almost 40 years ago I (Dr. Vince Berger) began working as a psychologist with pregnant teens in the Pittsburgh city school system. It was very challenging because in those days there were very few services for these young women, society was not yet accepting of unmarried and/or pregnant teens, and the word "adoption" was hardly ever used.

I loved the work I was doing and knowing that I was personally able to help so many of the pregnant women I was working with. But something was missing - I did not feel I was helping people enough. So, I set out to provide the personal and professional care that a birth mother and adopting family need and deserve in the adoption process.

I started a full service, non-profit adoption agency. Not just any agency, but one that was, and still is, dedicated to helping birth parents and adopting families receive the best and most comprehensive of adoption related services. Over the past 20 years, my staff and I have helped over 9,000 adopting families, birth parents, their babies and children.

I love helping people. I work 6 days a week and answer calls at all hours. The hours I put in are long but never hard, since I find so much joy and strength in helping others.

I hope that you will call me or my staff so we can help you in the adoption process. However, if you don't want to call us, then please review the agencies listed here and give one of them a call. Do not give up until you get the help and attention you need and deserve.

Thank you for letting us help, and good luck.

Dr. Berger
and the staff of Adoption Services

Adoption Agencies

A Field of Dreams Adoption Services, Inc.
3208 Benner Pike Village, Suite 200
PO Box 56
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Phone: (814) 355-4310
Fax: (814) 355-4393
Toll-Free: (877) 355-4310

A Second Chance
204 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 665-2300
Fax: (412) 242-5229

Absolute Love Adoptions (ALA)
2912 Talley Cavey Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
Phone: (412) 889 9155
Fax: (412) 486 6265

Adelphoi Village, Inc.
1003 Village Way
Latrobe, PA 15650
Phone: (724) 520-1111

Adopt Abroad, Inc.
1262 Wood Lane # 205
Langhorne, PA 19047
Phone: (215) 702 0561
Fax: (973) 744 4760

Adoptions From The Heart: Wynnewood PA
30 Hampstead Circle
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Phone: (610) 642-7200

Adoption Horizons
899 Petersburg Road
Carlisle, PA 17103
Phone: (717) 249-8850

Adoption Resource Center, Inc.
4701 Pine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone: (215) 844-1082
Fax: (215) 842-9881
Toll-Free: (800) 884-4004

Adoption Services, Inc.
28 Central Boulevard
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Phone: (800) 943-0400
Fax: (717) 731-0517

Adoption Unlimited, Inc.
2148 Embassy Drive
Suite 121
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: (717) 431-2021
Fax: (717) 399-0093

Adoptions Forever, Inc.
509 Strathmore Road
Havertown, PA 19083
Phone: (610) 853-2635
Fax: (610) 853-4576

Adoptions From The Heart
206 North Main Street
Suite 3
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: (724) 853-6533
Fax: (724) 853-1738
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Adoptions From The Heart
1525 Oregon Pike Commons
Suite 402
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: (717) 399-7766
Fax: (717) 399-7755
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Adoptions From The Heart
2212 Union Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18109
Phone: (610) 432-2384
Fax: (610) 432-8200
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Adoptions From The Heart (AFTH)
30-31 Hampstead Circle
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Phone: (610) 642-7200
Fax: (610) 642-7938
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Adoptions From The Heart
4331 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 232-1787
Fax: (717) 232-7602
Toll-Free: (800) 355-5500

Alliance for Children, Inc.
1406 Stirling Court
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: (215) 438-7148

Best Nest, Inc.
1709 Washington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 546-8060
Fax: (215) 546-8906

Best Nest, Inc.
325 Market Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 321-1969
Fax: (570) 321-1980
Toll-Free: (800) 966-4100

Bethanna, Inc.
1030 Second Street Pike
Southampton, PA 18966
Phone: (215) 355-6500
Fax: (215) 355-8847

Bethanna, Inc.
1030 Second Street Pike
Southampton, PA 18966
Phone: (215) 355-6500
Fax: 215-355-8847

Bethany Christian Services
550 Pinetown Road
Suite 100
Fort Washington, PA 19034-2606
Phone: (215) 628-0202
Fax: (215) 628-2944
Toll-Free: (800) 215-0702

Bethany Christian Services
550 Pinetown Road
Suite 100
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: (215) 628-0202
Fax: (215) 628-2944

Bethany Christian Services of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
10521 Perry Highway
Suite 310
Wexford, PA 15090
Phone: (724) 940-2900
Fax: (724) 940-2901

Bethany Christian Services, Inc.
1689 Crown Avenue
Suite 1
Lancaster, PA 176016303
Phone: (717) 299-1926
Fax: (717) 291-9366
Toll-Free: (800) 989-1926

Black Adoption Services
307 4th Street, Suite 710
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 471-8722
Fax: (412) 471-4861

Catholic Charities of the Diocese 
Greensburg PA
Phone: (724) 837-1840

COBYS Family Services
1417 Oregon Road
Leola, PA 17540
Phone: (717) 656-6580
Fax: (717) 656-3056
Toll-Free: (800) 452-6517

CONCERN - Professional Services for Children, Youth and Families
One West Main Street
Fleetwood, PA 19522
Phone: (610) 944-0445
Fax: (610) 944-1195
Toll-Free: (800) 562-1427

Catholic Charities Diocese of Allentown
Madison Building, 400 Washington Street
Suite 100
Reading, PA 19606
Phone: (610) 376-7144
Fax: (610) 376-7145

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Inc.
212 Ninth Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 456-6960
Fax: (412) 456-0181

Catholic Charities, Inc.
806 South 29th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Phone: (717) 564-7115
Fax: (717) 564-7180
Toll-Free: (800) 777-7003

Catholic Social Services
227 North Eighteenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 854-7050
Fax: (215) 854-7056
Toll-Free: (800) CARE-002

Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia (CSS)
227 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 854-7050
Fax: (215) 854-7056

Child and Home Study Associates
1029 North Providence Road
Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 565-1544
Fax: (610) 565-1567

Child and Home Study Associates, Inc.
1029 North Providence Road
Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 565-1544
Fax: (610) 565-1567

Children's Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc.
1476 North Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
Phone: (814) 443-1637
Fax: (814) 445-8481

Children's Aid Society in Clearfield County
1008 South Second Street
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: (814) 765-2686

Children's Choice, Inc.
2909 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: (717) 230-9980
Fax: (610) 521-6266
Toll-Free: (800) 355-1175

Children's Home of York, Inc.
77 Shoehouse Road
York, PA 17406
Phone: (717) 755-1033
Fax: (717) 840-3791

Children's Service Center of Wyoming Valley, Inc.
335 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Phone: (570) 825-6425
Fax: (570) 829-3337

Common Sense Adoption Services
208 West Main Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: (717) 766-6449
Fax: (717) 766-6701
Toll-Free: (800) 445-2444

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Domestic Child Adoption Agencies in Other States

If you are looking for a child adoption agency simply click the link below for the state to see a list of the adoption agencies in that state.

Alabama Louisiana Ohio
Alaska Maine Oklahoma
Arizona Maryland Oregon
Arkansas Massachusetts Pennsylvania
California Michigan Rhode Island
Colorado Minnesota South Carolina
Connecticut Mississippi South Dakota
Delaware Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina Wyoming
Kentucky North Dakota  

Adoption Consultant Resource

Why You Need an Adoption Consultant

There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), loosing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of  adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney.  He can help you save your  time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.

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