Adoption Process

The adoption process is something that is extremely important and technical. Adoptions can be appealed, and sometimes overturned, if the filings are not explicitly correct. To protect the welfare of your child(ren), you should not attempt to complete forms or initiate an adoption process without first consulting with an attorney to aid you in these tasks. 

 Information concerning ongoing adoption cases may only be obtained by attorneys of record. We will not provide any information to individual parties. If you have a question regarding the process or your specific case, please contact your attorney. 

 All completed adoption files are sealed and cannot be unsealed except by a Judge. Absolutely no information is/or will be available through this office without court approval. Adoption inquiries by adoptees over 18 years of age should be marked "Confidential" and addressed to:
Sarah E. Edwards, Clerk of Orphans' Court
Butler County Government Center
P.O. Box 1208
Butler, PA 16003-1208


When inquiring about an adoption file, please provide a payment in the amount of $25 for a retrieval fee, and, if there is a research (investigator) requested, there is an additional $25 fee.  Please make payment to the "Register of Wills" by money order, certified check, or attorney's check.

Adoption Forms

See the Forms page to download or view adoption forms.