Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions - Pennsylvania

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Jurisdiction

Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, § 2301

The court of common pleas of each county shall exercise original jurisdiction over voluntary relinquishment, involuntary termination, and adoption proceedings through the appropriate division.

Venue

Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 23, § 2302

Proceedings for voluntary relinquishment, involuntary termination, and adoption may be brought in the court of the county in which one of the following applies:

  • Where the parent or parents, the adopted person, or the person or persons who have filed a report of intention to adopt reside
  • Where an office of an agency that has custody of the adopted person is located, or the agency that placed the adopted person is located
  • With leave of court, where the adopted person formerly resided