Pennsylvania’s Proposed Adoption Legislation Places Focus on Birthparent Revocation Period and Access to Courthouse Within 20 Days of Filing

Pennsylvania has proposed new legislation in the areas of time that (a) birthparents can revoke surrender of parental rights; and (b) appearances in Court.

The proposed legislation would decrease birthparent’s ability to revoke surrender of parental rights (30 days to 14 days), and also require court to schedule hearing for birthparent to relinquish rights in court for no more than 20 days after filing of the petition to relinquish parental rights.

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