If you are planning to adopt a child from outside of Pennsylvania, you and your attorney must comply with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). If Pennsylvania adoptive parents complete an adoption in another state but have not complied the ICPC, those parents face penalties and punishments not only in Pennsylvania, but in the state where the adoption was completed (the “sending state”). Indeed, the adoptive parents may even face difficulty bringing their newly adopted son or daughter into Pennsylvania.
The good new is that a skilled and knowledgeable adoption attorney can ensure the adoption meets the requirements of ICPC. When shepherding adoptive parents through a multi-state adoption, the adoption attorney will make sure the adoptive parents fill out all of the required forms and comply with the laws of the states involved. For instance, it is critical that everyone involved with the adoption comply with the law regarding voluntary or involuntary termination of parental rights.
If you reside in central Pennsylvania (Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Juniata, Franklin, and surrounding counties) and are contemplating a multi- state adoption, feel free to contact the Law Office of Sean Potter, PC at 717-582-0400 for a free consultation.