Adoption

Philadelphia Legal Assistance does not handle adoption cases directly, but we refer adoption cases to volunteer attorneys.

How to get help with Adoption

The following departments at PLA provide legal assistance with Adoption:

Intake Procedure:

Applicants may apply for assistance from the General Intake Unit by coming to walk-in intake, calling the telephone intake line, or applying online.

Self-Help Resources

Adoption in Pennsylvania

Visit the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) to learn more about becoming an adoptive parent.

Planning for Custody and Care of Children: an Informational Guide for Immigrant Families

This guide is intended to give basic information under Pennsylvania law about custody of children and how to plan for and or deal with a change in circumstances due to a parent’s sudden or expected absence or inability to care for her/his children.  Available in Spanish.