Parental Rights

Notice of Hearing on Petition to Involuntarily Terminate Parental Rights

In Re: Adoption of Baby Boy Paige, a minor. No. A-18-079 in the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

To: Unknown Birth Father of Baby Boy Paige who was born on July 22, 2018, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. A Petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child, Baby Boy Paige. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child, Baby Boy Paige. That hearing will be held in Orphans' Court, 1700 Frick Building, 437 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer, and should contact a lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer, telephone the following office to find out where you can get legal help.

Lawyer Referral Service
Allegheny County Bar Association
Koppers Building
436 Seventh Ave., 3rd Fl.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-261-5555

If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, pursuant to The Adoption Act, 23 Pa. C.S.A. §2313(a.1), the Court shall appoint counsel for a parent whose rights are subject to termination in any involuntary termination proceeding if, upon petition of the parent, the Court determines that the parent is unable to pay for counsel or if payment would result in substantial financial hardship. To request appointment of counsel, you may contact The Adoption Department Supervisor, The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court Division, 17th Floor Frick Building, 437 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Phone Number 412-350-5579.

This is to inform you of an important option that may be available to you under Pennsylvania law.  Act 101 of 2010 allows for an enforceable voluntary agreement for continuing contact or communication following an adoption between an adoptive parent, a child, a birth parent and/or a birth relative of the child, if all parties agree and the voluntary agreement is approved by the court. If you are interested in learning more about this option for a voluntary agreement, contact your attorney or Lawyer Referral Service, Allegheny County Bar Association, 3rd Floor, Koppers Building, 436 7th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15219, 412-261-5555.

Deborah L. Lesko, Esquire, Attorney for Petitioner, 373 Vanadium Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243, Ph: 412-276-4200.

19-00791 Feb 19, 26; Mar 5, 2019

Notice of Hearing on Petition to Involuntarily Terminate Parental Rights

In Re: Adoption of Joseph Platek, 3rd a/k/a Joseph Platek, III a/k/a Joseph Platek, a minor. No. CP-02-AP-137-2018 in the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

To: Justina Coren Liptak a/k/a Justina Liptak, Joseph Platek, Jr. a/k/a Joseph Platek, Paul Thompson a/k/a Paul Thomson, and The Unknown Father, parents of Joseph Platek, 3rd a/k/a Joseph Platek, III a/k/a Joseph Platek, a minor, born on September 3, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. An amended Petition has been filed asking the Court to put an end to all rights you have to your child, Joseph Platek, 3rd a/k/a Joseph Platek, III a/k/a Joseph Platek. The Court has set a hearing to consider ending your rights to your child. That hearing will be held in the Family Court Bldg., 550 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., prevailing time, before the Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff. You are warned that even if you fail to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing will go on without you and your rights to your child may be ended by the Court without your being present. You have a right to be represented at the hearing by a lawyer. You should take this paper to your lawyer at once. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford one, telephone the office set forth below to find out where you can get legal help.

This is also to inform you of an important option that may be available to you under Pennsylvania law. Act 101 of 2010 allows for an enforceable voluntary agreement for continuing contact or communication following an adoption between an adoptive parent, a child, a birth parent, and/or a birth relative of the child, if all parties agree and the voluntary agreement is approved by the Court. If you are interested in learning more about this option for a voluntary agreement, contact your attorney or:

Lawyer Referral Service
Allegheny County Bar Association
Koppers Building
436 Seventh Ave., 3rd Fl.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-261-5555

Andrew F. Szefi, County Solicitor. Melaniesha L. J. Abernathy, Children, Youth and Families, 445 Ft. Pitt Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Ph: 412-350-4243, Attorneys for Petitioner.

19-00670 Feb 12, 19, 26, 2019