Adoptive Family

If you are thinking about adopting a child, you probably have questions about exactly how adoption works in your state. Because adoption is regulated by state laws, where you live can have an impact on nearly every aspect of the adoption process, from the requirements to adopt to the adoption home study and more.

In this section, find information you need about state adoption laws, processes and more, and find the adoption services and resources you need to successfully add to your family.

As a national, full-service adoption agency, American Adoptions works with hopeful parents from across the country. To learn how we can help guide you through the entire domestic infant adoption process, contact an adoption specialist now at 1-800-ADOPTION.

How to Adopt a Child in Pennsylvania

Find all of the resources and information you’ll need to adopt a child in PA in one place.

Requirements to Adopt in Pennsylvania

What are the requirements to adopt a child in Pennsylvania? Find out if you meet the PA adoption qualifications here.

Your Guide to the Adoption Home Study in Pennsylvania

Here, we’re breaking down the Pennsylvania adoption home study process, what you’ll need, and how to begin.

What You Need to Know About Pennsylvania Adoption Laws

Every adoptive family in PA needs to follow certain Pennsylvania adoption laws. Learn how they could affect your adoption here.

How to Finalize Your Adoption in Pennsylvania

Wondering how to legally complete your child’s adoption? You’ll need to go through the Pennsylvania adoption finalization process. Here’s how it works:

Foster Care and Adoption in Pennsylvania

Is a Pennsylvania foster care adoption right for you? Get the facts and the resources you need here.

International Adoption in Pennsylvania

If you’re trying to learn how to adopt a child from another country in PA, you’ll find the information and resources you need to get started here.


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  • What is the total cost for the entire adoption?

    There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption, including the program you choose. Variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees vary for each adoption. We strive to maintain affordable adoptions without cutting corners. Please see the Our Domestic Adoption Programs section for further details.

  • Can we choose the gender of our baby?

    Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.

  • Do we need to retain our own attorney?

    No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.

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