21.  Preliminary Provisions

23.  Jurisdiction and Parties

25.  Proceedings Prior to Petition to Adopt

27.  Petition for Adoption

29.  Decrees and Records


Enactment.  Part III was added October 15, 1980, P.L.934, No.163, effective January 1, 1981.

Special Provisions in Appendix.  See section 3 of Act 163 of 1980 in the appendix to this title for special provisions relating to the applicability of Part III to pending proceedings.







2101.  Short title of part.

2102.  Definitions.


Enactment.  Chapter 21 was added October 15, 1980, P.L.934, No.163, effective January 1, 1981.


§ 2101.  Short title of part.

This part shall be known and may be cited as the "Adoption Act."


§ 2102.  Definitions.

The following words and phrases when used in this part shall have, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the meanings given to them in this section:

"Adoptee."  An individual proposed to be adopted.

"Agency."  Any incorporated or unincorporated organization, society, institution or other entity, public or voluntary, which may receive or provide for the care of children, supervised by the Department of Public Welfare and providing adoption services in accordance with standards established by the department.

"Clerk."  The clerk of the division of the court of common pleas having jurisdiction over voluntary relinquishment, involuntary termination and adoption proceedings.

"Court."  The court of common pleas.

"Intermediary."  Any person or persons or agency acting between the parent or parents and the proposed adoptive parent or parents in arranging an adoption placement.

"Medical history information."  Medical records and other information concerning an adoptee or an adoptee's natural family which is relevant to the adoptee's present or future health care or medical treatment. The term includes:

(1)  otherwise confidential or privileged information provided that identifying contents have been removed pursuant to section 2909 (relating to medical history information); and

(2)  information about the natural parents which may be relevant to a potential hereditary or congenital medical problem.

"Newborn child."  A child who is six months of age or younger at the time of the filing of any petition pursuant to Chapter 25 (relating to proceedings prior to petition to adopt).

"Parent."  Includes adoptive parent.


(June 23, 1982, P.L.617, No.174, eff. 60 days; May 21, 1992, P.L.228, No.34, eff. 60 days; Dec. 20, 1995, P.L.685, No.76, eff. 60 days)


1995 Amendment.  Act 76 amended the def. of "medical history information."

1992 Amendment.  Act 34 added the def. of "newborn child."

References in Text.  Section 2909, referred to in this section, is repealed. The subject matter is now contained in section 3934 of this title.

The Department of Public Welfare, referred to in this section, was redesignated as the Department of Human Services by Act 132 of 2014.