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Pennsylvania Adoption Laws

Adoption laws historically have varied from state to state, but are becoming more uniform. Pennsylvania adoption laws allow any child and only certain adults to be adopted, while any unmarried adult, unmarried minor parent of adoptee, or married couple may adopt. Additionally, the adoption of Pennsylvania children age 12 and older requires the child's consent to the adoption.

The following table lists the basics provisions of Pennsylvania's adoption laws. To learn more, see FindLaw's Adoption section.

Code Section Tit. 23 §§2101 to 2910; No
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 temporary placement
State Agency/Court Pennsylvania Adoption Cooperative Exchange (PACE) in Dept. of Public Welfare/Common Pleas
Statute of Limitations to Challenge Not specified

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- please contact a Pennsylvania family law attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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