Linda Jo Berkey
Register of Wills and Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas
Orphans’ Court Division
111 East Union Street, Suite 170
Somerset, PA 15501-1416
In response to the question: “what are your provisions for a birthparent who desires contact and reunion the child they surrendered to adoption?”
Linda’s reply was: “We follow all state guidelines and rules.”
In response to the question: “What provision is made for both the adoptee and birthparent for placing a waiver of confidentiality into the adoption file? Do you honor the waiver of confidentiality if both parties have filed a waiver and what is your policy on releasing this information to both parties?”
Linda’s reply was: “We follow all state rules and guidelines.”
In response to: "Please provide the names of the intermediaries who are appointed to provide non-identifying information and conduct a search."
Linda’s reply was: “Somerset County President Judge makes this determination.”
2-24-99 response from Linda Jo Berkey Register of Wills & Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, Orphans' Court Division. (814) 445-2096.
Records in this county are handled in accordance with the Adoption Act of Pennsylvania.
You may wish to consult 23PA CSA, Sect. 2101 et seg., Adoption Act of Pennsylvania.
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