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Adopting in Pennsylvania: What Prospective Parents Need to Know

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

There are many reasons that someone would want to adopt a child.  Perhaps a biological parent has remarried, and their spouse wants to be officially listed as a parent instead of a stepparent on official legal documents.  Perhaps a professional social services worker has formed a protective bond with a troubled child and wants… Read More »

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The Number of Foster Care Adoptions Hits a Record High

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

A report from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the number of foster care children being adopted has reached a record high. The number comes from 2018, which is the most recent year with complete data. The study shows that over 63,000 foster care children were adopted in 2018, an increase of nearly 25%… Read More »

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Challenges with Open Adoption

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

One of the more exciting developments in adoption over the past 30 years has been the rise of so-called “open” adoptions. Historically, mothers who gave up their children for adoption never saw them again. The adoptive family also did not disclose to their children that they were adopted until the child reached adulthood, if… Read More »

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Are You Ready to Adopt? 5 Key Questions

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Choosing to adopt a child is a momentous decision. However, adoption does not always go smoothly. Couples who are considering adoption should put the necessary thought into the decision before contacting an adoption agency. At Barbara Flum Stein & Associates, our Media adoption attorneys have helped many men and women become parents or add… Read More »

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Questions to Ask a Birth Mother

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

In many adoptions, potential adoptive parents meet with the birth mother to talk. This is definitely an interview, no matter how casual the encounter, and prospective adoptive parents should prepare accordingly. At Barbara Flum Stein & Associates, we have facilitated many adoptions. No two are alike, and not all adoptive parents will meet with… Read More »

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Adopting a Special Needs Child in Pennsylvania

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

Parents who have decided to adopt a special needs child from foster care should be aware of certain adoption assistance programs available to them. In addition to the federal Title IV-E Adoption Assistance program, Pennsylvania has its own statewide assistance program as well. These assistance programs can benefit your family and your child, so… Read More »

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Deciding Which Type of Private Adoption Is Right For Your Family

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

If you are considering adopting a child in Pennsylvania for the first time, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of new information you need to take in about adoption. Before starting your adoption process, it is helpful to understand the different types of adoption available to you. Since adoption is one of the… Read More »

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Who Is Eligible to Adopt and Be Adopted In Pennsylvania

By Barbara Flum Stein & Associates |

If you are considering adopting a child in Pennsylvania, you’ll want to make sure you familiarize yourself with Pennsylvania adoption laws first. Make sure you learn the basics before commencing with the adoption process, including whether you and/or your partner is eligible to adopt and who you may adopt.  Who Is Eligible to Adopt?… Read More »

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