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Frequently Asked Questions - Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange

PA Adoption Information Registry (PAIR)

PAIR is a medical and social history database maintained by the Department of Human Services. Adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth relatives who would like to share or obtain medical or social history. Learn more

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does it mean when a child is described as having special needs?

The term special needs is commonly used to...

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Foster Parent - Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange

Loving families, just like yours, are key to the success of the child welfare system. Right now there are approximately 15,000 children in temporary foster care in Pennsylvania. As a foster parent, you will have the unique opportunity to touch the lives of children in a significant and lasting way.

Getting Started...

Individuals interested in becoming foster parents must be at least 21 years of...

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Adoption Q/A

Adoption Assistance supports permanency for special needs children in foster care by providing the families who adopt these children with the resources they need to care for these children. Public county Children and Youth agencies (CYA) are the only agencies that can determine whether a child is eligible for Adoption Assistance. Families who adopt...

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Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange Info.

PA Adoption Information Registry (PAIR)

PAIR is a medical and social history database maintained by the Department of Human Services. Adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth relatives who would like to share or obtain medical or social history. Learn more

Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE)

The Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE) was established in 1979 by the Department of Human Services to help...

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Eight Steps to Adoption - Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange

Outlined below is general information to help you understand the steps involved in adopting a child(ren).

Agency Selection

Pennsylvania has numerous agencies licensed to provide quality adoption services. You may check the Agency List to find agencies in your local area.

Application Process

After selecting an agency, you will be invited to complete an application to begin the adoption process....

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Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry

The Pennsylvania Adoption Information Registry is a medical and social history database maintained by the Department of Human Services for adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth relatives who would like to share or obtain medical or social history about themselves or their birth relatives.

Registry content

Information housed within the registry is gathered from the adoptee, adoptive parents, birth...

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