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Rachel E. Thiessen

Adoption Attorney at Lemoyne, PA

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2011
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About Rachel

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Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    Rachel Thiessen is both an adoptee and an adoptive parent. She understands adoption issues inside and out. All types adoptions including: private adoptions, relative adoptions, adoptions from foster care, step-parent adoptions and second parent adoptions welcome.

  2. Estate planning
    What will happen to your loved ones if something happened to you? This is the basic question an estate plan answers. Planning with Rachel Thiessen will give you the peace of mind that you have done all you can to protect the people you love.


Adoption has shaped my life from my very first days when my own birthmother made the painful and loving decision to place me for adoption.  There was a brief stay in foster care and then I joined my adoptive family as their first child and the apple of my father’s eye.

My experience as an adoptee fueled my desire to build my own family through adoption.   I am the proud parent of two elementary school age daughters who were adopted from the foster care system.  Now in reunion with my birth family, my journey is enriched by relationships with both my biological and adoptive families.


My career has revolved around foster care and adoption from the start.  My first glimpse of children involved with “the system” occurred when I worked at a crisis shelter for children while still in college. These were babies, the shelter only served children under six, but there was something very different in their eyes.  Some vacant, some piercing, some dark, some glazed- many I have never forgotten.  I wondered what would become of ones so fragile in the storm of generational poverty, domestic violence and neglect. I would soon find out.  After graduating from college I worked a children’s home in California. Here, their bodies were bigger and their behaviors were more extreme, but those eyes were familiar.

I went on to work for a private adoption agency where I trained foster parents.  Eventually I became a foster parent myself.  From this experience I learned that while it was impossible to save them all, I could profoundly influence a few. I noticed a lack of quality, practical training opportunities for foster and adoptive parents and launched Real Moms in response.  Real Moms brought trainings to various foster and adoption groups across the state.

In law school I continued to focus on adoption and foster care issues.  After law school, I did a year long fellowship with Dickinson Law School’s Center for Children and the Law.

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Law Office of Rachel Thiessen
525 N. 12th Street.
Suite 100
Lemoyne, PA, 17043

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Posted by Brian | September 16, 2013
Will and Estate Planning
Rachel Thiessen was on point at every element that arose. She answered all of our questions with respect and compassion. Her legal expertise to thoroughly ensure all aspects were appropriately tailored to my expectations was extremely appreciated and refreshing.
Posted by David | September 16, 2013
best will and estate planner ever!
Very friendly and easy to talk to. Very thorough and great at explaining thing I didn't understand. Had everything ready for us as soon as we arrived..She did a great job...would highly recommend her because she's not only a very intelligent lawyer, she's a trustworthy one.
Posted by Kay | September 16, 2013
Adoption Subsidy
I had an issue with Adoption Subsidy. The county thought I should just take what I got when I was adopting two special needs children with lots of emotional issues. Rachel helped me to negotiate the subsidy so that the children could get the emotional support that was needed to help them.


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Work Experience

  • Owner, Attorney
  • Law Office of Rachel Thiessen
  • 2012 - Present
  • Center for Children and the Law Fellow
  • The Dickinson School Of Law Of The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Clinical Student, Disability Law Clinic
  • The Dickinson School Of Law Of The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Foster Parent Recruiter/Trainer
  • Families United Network
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Messiah College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001


  • BNI
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2013 - Present
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN)
  • Foster Parent of the Year
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Foster Parent Training
  • Relationships with Biological Family
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rachel provides a unique client experience and knows her stuff!"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 11
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"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning
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