-Adoption Forum of Philadelphia
PO Box 814
Emmaus, PA 18049
Contact: Judy Cotten
Serves Philadelphia County.
-Berks County Branch of Adoption Forum
Contact: Judy Cotten
Serves Berks County.
-Delaware County Branch of Adoption Forum
2175 Franklin Avenue
Morton, PA 19070
Contact: Lynda Szybowski
Serves Delaware County
-Adoption Forum of Western PA
Contact: Theresa (412) 856-1141
Call for more information.
Serves western PA.
-Bucks County Chapter of Adoption Forum
New Hope, PA 18938
Contact: Abigail Lovett
Meets 1st Wednesday & 3rd Thursday of the Month
Serves Bucks County.
1167 Hill Dr.
Lansdale PA 19446
Personal support, no group. Make initial contact by mail.
-Lost Loved Ones
621 W. Crawford Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Contact: Robert Mulvehill
Serves Cambria, Blair, Somerset Counties.
1032 Hemlock Farms
Hawley, PA 18428
Support only, no group.
-Open Line Adoption Connection
817 East Third St.
Oil City, PA 16301
Contact: Holly Watson
Serves Oil City area, Venango County.
-Pittsburgh Adoption Connection
898 High Point Road
Fort Hill, PA 15540
Contact: Glenda Shay at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 395-3938
Sherel Kissell at email@example.com or (724) 743-1992
Serves Western PA.
-Pittsburgh Adoption Lifeline
P.O. Box 52
Gibsonia, PA 15044
Contact: Jean Vincent
Serves Allegheny, Butler, Beaver, Washington, Westmoreland counties.
125 Conewango Ave
Warren, PA 16365-2623
After 6 p.m. and weekends Gordon provides search assistance in his local area.
-Chester County Branch of Adoption Forum
Serves Chester County.
-Lehigh County Chapter of Adoption Forum
Serves Lehigh County.
Pennsylvania's Adoption E-mail Search and Support Group List
This adoption-related-only e-mailing list serves as a forum for support, legislation and search tips for those separated by adoption proceedings in Pennsylvania.
PENNSYLVANIA ADOPTION MAIN SEARCH MENU PAGE
PAFind EMAIL LIST - a FREE e-mail list of PA searchers helping one another.
STATE REGISTRIES AND POLITICS - Why neither are helping PA searchers much.
RELINQUISHMENT PAPERS - Like to see an example of PA relinquishment papers?
YOUR OLD AGENCY - Backtrack here for possible help in search.
COUNTY OF FINALIZATION - Some county specific info. You need to find this out and it may not be where you think.
THE DECREE - Adoptee is adopted in the county of finalization, records now sealed. Want to see a decree?
FORMAL PETITION - Learn how some counties make it a bit harder.
NON-ID - Learn what it is, and how to ask for it.
WAIVERS OF CONFIDENTIALITY - File them!
PA ADOPTION LAW - the easy version or the actual wording.
SEARCH BASICS - In addition to this whole menu, here's a list of ways to search and try to be found.
PHONE CALL AND LETTER IDEAS - When you are close to making that respectful first contact.
SEARCH SUCKS! I NEED A *@$#! BREAK! - Take one, pal.
HIRING A SEARCHER OR PI? - Caveat emptor! Read some parameters and cautions.
THE UNIFORM ADOPTION ACT or UAA - Learn more about "The Evil Act". Coming to PA or your state?
CITY PAPER - Coverage of adoption search, law and the UAA in PA.
PERSONAL ESSAY - on adoption with info for all sides of the triad.
REGISTRIES AND GENERAL (NON-PA) ADOPTION STUFF - links to varied good places.
WHAT IF THIS HAD BEEN PASSED AS LAW HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA? STAY ALERT!
This ugly bill gets marketed around the country by the NCFA (National Council For Adoption). The UAA (Uniform Adoption Act) was a proposed law in PA which would have made it CRIMINAL for you to search for your biological family (A FELONY!) and made it criminal for anyone to help you. Additionally, it allowed a relinquishing birthmother a whopping eight days post-birth to change her mind. It was sponsored by Ed Krebs (Lebanon County) and was identified as House Bill 654. Read up on it here.
IS IT COMING TO YOUR STATE SOON?
Probably not since the PA Senate Judiciary Committee has noted this bill has not been passed in other states. Still, realize the potential for ridiculous, extreme, and harmful legislation like this exists in any state, even fair old Pennsylvania. This nonsense does not have to be our
So, read about this NEW bill instead- how it's better but why it needs amendment- Senate Bill 859.