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  • Adoption

    Click the link to view Chapter 3-Adoption of the Family Law Manual published by North Penn Legal Services. Content Detail

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    North Penn Legal Services
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  • Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network

    The Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) is both a broad-based cooperative effort and a centralized information and facilitation service funded and overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. SWAN includes county children and youth agencies, juvenile court judges, foster and adoptive parents, private adoption agencies, the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange and many others, all working together on behalf of children who need permanent homes. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network
  • Adoption in Pennsylvania

    Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE); the Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN), a partnership among public and private agencies, which serves children in the custody of county children and youth agencies, who have a goal of adoption; and other resources about adoption in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Adoption Information

    Resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Child Welfare Information Gateway on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care. Includes information for prospective and adoptive parents; information about searching for birth relatives; and resources for professionals on recruiting adoptive families, preparing children and youth, supporting birth parents, and providing postadoption services. Content Detail

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    Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • Adoption Information and Forms

    Forms and general information from the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network about the adoption process, post adoption information and available forms. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network
  • Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry

    The Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry is a medical and social history database maintained by the Department of Human Services for adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth relatives who would like to share or obtain medical or social history about themselves or their birth relatives. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network
  • AdoptUSKids.org

    AdoptUSKids.org is a national photo listing service for children awaiting adoption across the United States. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Be an Adoptive Parent

    Information from the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network on how to begin the adoption process. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network
  • Eight Steps To Adoption

    General information from the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network to help you understand the steps involved in adopting a child. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN)

    Listing of the most commonly asked questions about the adoption process from the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network
  • Adoption

    Information on adoption from the Erie County Bar Association Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Intercountry Adoptions

    An overview of resources, materials and immigration benefits available to prospective adoptive parents of foreign-born orphans from the U.S. Department of State. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of State
  • National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Search

    The National Foster Care & Adoption Directory (formerly the National Adoption Directory) offers adoption and foster care resources by State. Content Detail

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    Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • Search and Reunion - Adoptions

    This webpage from the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides information for adoptees and their birth parents and relatives who were separated by adoption and who decide to search for each other at some point during their lives. Information and resources provided include searching for birth relatives; reuniting with birth relatives; obtaining birth and adoption records; and relevant laws and policies. Content Detail

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    Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • Local Forms and Self-Help Information

    For local forms and information for your county, click the title to see the SELF-HELP FORMS AND INFORMATION sub-topic. Counties are listed alphabetically after some generally applicable forms or you can set your location on the page to see only forms applicable for that location. Content Detail

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