Westmoreland County Court Response to Adoption Search Inquiry

2001 response

April 11, 2001

Mary E. Mears, Esquire
Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Anthony G. Marsili
Court of Common Pleas
Westmoreland County
Two North Main Street
Greensburg, PA 15601-2402

Dear Ms. Shay:

I am writing in response to your correspondence of April 4,2001. Judge Marsili has asked that I inform you that with respect to requests for release of non-identifying information, we follow the procedures outlined in 23 PA.C.S.A. 2905. Our office routinely receives letters and petitions from adoptees concerning the information discussed in this statute. I am enclosing a copy of 2905 for your review and use.

I am also enclosing a copy of a recent Order of Court approving the organizations/individuals named therein to conduct investigations, home studies, and pre-placement reports.

I hope this information will be of value to you.

Yours very truly,

Mary E. Mears, Esquire

Those organizations/individuals named in the court order are:

Catholic Charities
Diocese of Greensburg
711 E. Pittsburgh Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 837-1840
(800) 241-7360

Adoptions From The Heart
9 Claremont Ave
Greensburg, PA 15601

The Lutheran Service Society Of Western PA
1011 Old Salem Road, Suite 107
Greensburg, PA 15601

Mary Jane Grisnik, MSW, LSW
117 Seventh Avenue
Sutersville, PA 15083

1999 response

3-5-99 Response from Patricia Kurp Masten, Esq., Judicial Clerk, Westmoreland County

The following information is in response to the specific inquiries contained in your February 15, 1999 letter:

- When an adoptee wishes to either obtain non-identifying information about their adoption or to initiate a search for their biological parent(s), the Judge forwards a letter to the adoptee advising hin/her that the Pennsylvania Adoption Act, 23 PA. C.S.A. 2905 (b) and 2905 (c), specifically mandates that a petition be filed before the court can release limited information or appoint a designated agent on behalf of an adoptee. Therefore, the petition must be presented to the presiding Orphans' Court Judge on the day set for motions. There is a twenty- five ($25.00) fee associated with filing the Petition and attached Court Order.

- A waiver of confidentiality may be placed in the file from either the adoptees or birth parents at no charge.

- If both the adoptee and the birth parents have filed a waiver of confidentiality, we will generally release all information contained in the adoption file unless there is a compelling reason or statutory provision preventing the release of certain information.

Any inquiries about Westmoreland County procedure can be directed to my attention at: Westmoreland County Courthouse 2 North Main Street Greensburg, PA 15601 (724) 830-3809

I wish you success in compiling your state-wide data base and am certainly willing to assist you should your have further questions.

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