The Pennsylvania Adoption Act is fairly liberal in terms of where an adoption can take place. An adoption can take place in any county where the natural parents of the child occur. It may also take place in any county where the child to be adopted resides. Additionally, an action for adoption can be initiated in the county where the parties looking to adopt reside. Outside of any county where a party of an adoption matter may reside, an agency adoption can be brought in any county where that agency has an office. The final option as to where you may file is where the child to be adopted previously resided with leave of court. This means a court must make a determination as to whether filing in a county where the child used to live or was born is appropriate.

The third factor is most often seen in the context of family law matters. Often, parties will want to obtain medical information of the other party to present as evidence to the court. This may be in the context of a custody matter if a party is alleging the other party does not have the physical fitness or mental well-being to parent. It may also arise in a support matter where there is an assertion regarding an ability or inability to work because of a health issue. Essentially, a party must give written consent to their provider prior to the release of any of their medical information. Entities that must follow HIPAA include insurance companies and health care providers. In some circumstances it is possible to obtain records without the patient’s written consent by subpoena or court order.

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