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Adoption is an emotional process for all the parties involved. Are you prepared to assist and guide your clients through this highly emotional time in their lives? Whether you represent the birth parents or the adoptive parents, our experienced practitioners will update you on the latest adoption laws, help you understand various procedures and requirements and give you the background you need to handle adoption cases without unnecessary delays, ethical problems or surprises. Order today!
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BARBARA C. JONES has enjoyed practicing adoption law for 30 years in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She received her B.A. degree from Albion College (Albion, Michigan) and her J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law (Arlington, Virginia), in 1988, and became licensed with the Virginia State Bar Association that same year. She is a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, a certified guardian ad litem in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a member of the Christian Legal Society and Families for Private Adoption. Mrs. Jones was appointed to serve as a member of the Joint Subcommittee designated by the Virginia General Assembly to provide a comprehensive review of Virginia's adoption laws and policies in 2005, where she spearheaded the introduction of the Virginia Birth Father Registry. The work of the subcommittee resulted in more than 100 legislative changes to the Commonwealth's adoption laws. Mrs. Jones co-edited the Virginia CLE Publication Adoption Law and Forms: A Guide For Virginia Lawyers in January 2010, 2014 and 2018; serves as counsel to licensed child-placing agencies and adoption-related associations; has been named Top Lawyers by Northern Virginia Magazine; and was a recipient of the Angel in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in 2011. She handles direct parental placements; agency finalizations; foster care and special needs adoptions; re-adoptions; guardianships; step-parent, close relative and adult adoptions; name changes; and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions. She has lecture experience with the National Council for Adoption, Virginia CLE, National Business Institute, Families for Private Adoption, Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and local adoption organizations. Mrs. Jones serves as a consultant for various pregnancy crisis centers and Virginia adoption agencies.
KAREN S. LAW is an adoption and immigration attorney practicing in Virginia. Her immigration practice is national. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1985 and became licensed in Virginia in that same year. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. She also co-chaired the International Adoptions Committee for the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys for three years and served on the AILA International Operations Liaison Committee for two years. Working with those professional associations, she submitted comments to USCIS on proposed rules, operating procedures and policy memoranda. She also has assisted with drafting federal and state legislation and has provided comments and technical expertise to legislators. She was designated as a 2013 Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. In cooperation with the Loudoun County Department of Family Services and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, she has co-chaired the annual celebration of adoption in Loudoun County, Virginia, Loudoun Adoption Day, for 11 years. She often speaks at national conferences on intercountry adoption issues and publishes articles on those same topics. She enjoys volunteering at orphanages throughout the world, including South Africa, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, Belize, and Jamaica.
JESSICA OSTRANDER is the manager of Adoptions Together Virginia Home Study Services, where she supports adoptive families in the Virginia region through the entire home study process, including initial inquiry, document prep, and report completion. She works as a liaison between clients and many of their home study social workers, as well as outside placement agencies and government entities that serve the adoption process. Ms. Ostrander often provides support/counseling to Virginia birth mothers. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from The George Washington University in 1992, and a master's in social work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996. Ms. Ostrander has been in the field of child welfare since 1996 and has worked for Adoptions Together since 2004.
STANTON PHILLIPS limits his practice to adoption law and assisted reproduction in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Practicing under the name Adoption Legal Services, he has successfully completed more than 3,500 adoption cases during the past 38 years. Mr. Phillips represents adoptive parents, birth parents and adoption agencies, or acts as guardian ad litem for the adoptee. He handles private, agency, interstate, intrastate, special needs and international adoptions, and has represented numerous adoption agencies on adoption matters. Mr. Phillips is a frequent lecturer and a media resource on adoption law. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, where he has served as a trustee and officer. Mr. Phillips has written a chapter entitled "Adoption Law, Procedure and Practice," in Family Law and Practice and was a contributing writer to Adoption Law and Practice and a dozen other books and legal manuals. He participated in drafting and working with the Virginia Legislature on creating the 1995, 2006 and 2007 major revisions to Virginia's adoption statutes and has provided input for various statutes since then. Mr. Phillips also has served as chair for the Advisory Council for the Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute, and as chair for the D.C. Superior Court Adoption Committee. He is a past recipient of the U.S. Congress Angels in Adoption award. In four of his cases, the childrens' adoptions were finalized in the White House with the president and first lady for Adoption Day. Mr. Phillips earned his B.A. degree from the American University and his J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law.