In addition to the requirements listed with each of the various types of adoptions, adoptive applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Resident of the Diocese of Erie throughout the Adoption process
- Couples are required to be married at least three years
- A couple's marriage should be recognized according to the practices of their faith
- Upon placement of a child in an adoptive home, a leave of absence from work is required. The length of time is determined by the personnel policies of the adoptive parent's employer.