Adult Adoptions

The process for adoption of an adult does not include many of the requirements present for adoption of a minor. Specifically, an adult adoption only requires a petition for adoption and consent of the adoptee and their spouse, if applicable. No background checks or home study is required. You also do not need to terminate the rights of the natural parent(s). One step that is more intensive than a

Karen Pendergast
December 26, 2018

The process for adoption of an adult does not include many of the requirements present for adoption of a minor. Specifically, an adult adoption only requires a petition for adoption and consent of the adoptee and their spouse, if applicable. No background checks or home study is required. You also do not need to terminate the rights of the natural parent(s). One step that is more intensive than a minor adoption is potential name change. If looking to change your name as an adult pursuant to an adoption, you must also follow the steps for a civil name change.

 

 

You will need to submit a copy of your fingerprints with the adoption petition. Fingerprints can be obtained from your local police department. You will also need to supply record checks from the Prothonotary, Clerk of Court, and Recorder of Deeds for each county of residence for five (5) years prior to your filing. Finally, you will need to publish notice of your hearing date in a newspaper of general circulation as well as the Law Reporter regarding the proposed name change. Proof of the record checks and publication should be offered as evidence at the adoption hearing. Name changes are not permitted in the event of certain criminal convictions.

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Karen Ulmer Pendergast is an attorney licensed to practice in both PA & NJ. Ms. Pendergast founded the law firm in 2001, concentrating her practice in the area of family law. Ms. Pendergast grew up in the area and attended schools in the area, graduating from Archbishop Ryan for Girls. She ...

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