Helping You Make Your Family "Official"

You love your stepchild as if they were your own, and you know that a piece of paper isn't necessary to solidify your relationship. But sometimes, you just want to "make it official." Whether you've been in the child's life since he or she was a baby, or you built your relationship while the child was in school – the connection you have is immeasurable. At the Law Offices of Debra L. Henry, we can make the emotional bond you share a legal one as well.

There are many reasons why legal adoption of a stepchild is important including:

  • The ability to provide for them now and in the future as if they were your biological child
  • Making the family an official unit
  • Providing the child with stability and security
  • Wanting to provide a stable family – to make the child feel like part of the family

Guiding You Through The Process Of Stepparent Adoption

The end result of a stepparent adoption is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding and emotional events for a family, especially for that of the child involved. The process of getting there, however, requires the careful and thoughtful guidance of a seasoned Pennsylvania family attorney. We can help you understand the steps required in order to pursue stepparent adoption including:

  • Obtaining consent from the other birth parent
  • Terminating the other birth parent's rights, if necessary

The process of stepparent adoption is often especially challenging due to the presence or lack thereof of the other birth parent. We understand and have experience in all of the necessary steps in tracking down an estranged biological parent. We can help you to do all that is required to prove due diligence, such as public notices like placing an ad in the classified section of the newspaper, so that you can proceed in the adoption. We can help prepare the biological parent's termination papers so that you have everything in place to move forward with adopting your stepchild.

Take The First Steps To Complete Your Family

We understand how important it is for your family to move forward with a stepparent adoption, and we are here to walk you through the entire process. We can answer your questions, take care of all the legal requirements, and, ultimately, be there to celebrate with you once the adoption is finalized.

Please call the Law Offices of Debra L. Henry at 724-216-6525. You can also contact us online to set up your free initial consultation with our lawyer in our Greensburg and Westmoreland County office.