Adoption Legal Services Project [ALSP]

Adoption Legal Services Project (ALSP) was founded in 1996 by then Allegheny County Family Court Administrative Judge Max Baer (now state Supreme Court Justice Baer) and works in Allegheny County Orphans’ Court.  ALSP represents Allegheny County OCYF in all aspects of termination of parental rights hearings.  ALSP works with the adoptive families and the waiting children to prepare and file all of the necessary paperwork with the Orphans’ Court and appears on behalf of the families at the adoption hearings.  ALSP works with adoptive and birth families to draft and prepare any Post Adoption Contact Agreements that are worked out through ALSP’s Act 101 Mediation program.  Finally, ALSP works with the lawyers at the international law firm of Reed Smith as part of the firm’s Pro Bono Initiative at the Pittsburgh office and has done so since its inception in 1996.

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