As a same-sex couple or individual who is looking to adopt in Pennsylvania, you have all the same rights as any other traditional couple. You can extend your family by adopting or fostering a child, and there are many children who need loving, stable families to call their own.
As you begin this process, it’s important to know that you shouldn’t be discriminated against and have the right to work with any state or local agency without unnecessary delays or concerns. It is wise to be informed before you adopt about the ways you can do so, particularly because some kinds of adoption may be harder because of your relationships; while the USA can’t allow discrimination, some international agencies may, meaning you’ll want to have someone to help you if that happens.
In Pennsylvania, lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender couples or individuals have a right to adopt or jointly petition to adopt without discrimination. On top of that, the state does allow for you to adopt your partner’s child, so you can become a guardian in case there is an emergency or you simply want to be seen as an equal parental figure.
Our website has more information about adoption in the country and out, so you can make an informed decision about the ways in which you can adopt or foster children. Your family is important, and growing it should be as stress-free as possible. This is a happy time in your life, and with the right support, you can avoid legal issues and delays with your paperwork or other documentation.