Live Seminar

Adoption Law Made Simple



Thursday, March 08, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Embassy Suites Indianapolis North

3912 Vincennes Road

Indianapolis, IN 46268


$349 / Each Additional

$339 / New Professional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IN CLE - 6.00


  • IACET - 0.60

Program Description

Smoothly Navigate the Different Adoption Procedures

Are you looking to build an understanding of one of the most rewarding areas of law? Our experienced faculty will walk you through the different adoption processes and provide you with the necessary forms for handling adoption cases. Examine procedures for independent/private, agency, stepparent, relative and other types of adoptions. Learn how to avoid adoption pitfalls, receive pointers for tackling the various issues that can arise and more. Don't miss this opportunity - register today!

  • Get detailed, step-by-step procedural guidance on different types of adoptions.
  • Walk away with sample adoption petitions, consents, final decrees and other documents.
  • Find out how to properly deal with termination of parental rights proceedings.
  • Examine how to deal with unknown/missing birth fathers, name changes and other issues that arise in the adoption process.
  • Receive practical pointers on interfacing with governmental agencies and other parties.
  • Anticipate written and unwritten rules that can pose obstacles in adoption.

Who Should Attend

This basic level program is designed for attorneys. Social workers and paralegals may also benefit.

Course Content

  1. Overview of Adoption Law
  2. Practical Guide to the Private Adoption Process
  3. Preparing the Adoption Petition, Consents and Other Essential Documents (w/Samples)
  4. Stepparent, Relative and Other Adoptions
  5. Dangers and Difficulties of the Adoption Process
  6. Adhering to Ethical Guidelines in Adoption Law

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Overview of Adoption Law
    9:00 - 9:40, Meg Sterchi
    1. Who May Adopt
    2. Who May be Adopted
    3. Types of Adoptions
      1. Children Youth Family Department
      2. Family
      3. Stepparent
      4. Guardian/Will
      5. Agency
      6. Independent
  2. Practical Guide to the Private Adoption Process
    9:55 - 11:40, Joel D. Kirsh
  3. Preparing the Adoption Petition, Consents and Other Essential Documents (w/Samples)
    12:40 - 1:40, Nathan A. Leach
  4. Stepparent, Relative and Other Adoptions
    1:40 - 2:25, Meg Sterchi
    1. Adoptive Parents - Who Chooses to Adopt and Why
    2. Birthparents - Who Places Children for Adoption and Why
    3. Adoptee - What Children are Available for Adoption and Why
    4. The Effects of Grief and Loss on Each Member of the Triad
    5. The Role of Bonding and Attachment on the Triad
    6. Child-Centered Adoptions
    7. Post-Placement Relationships Between Birth and Adoptive Families
  5. Dangers and Difficulties of the Adoption Process
    2:40 - 3:30, Andrea L. Ciobanu
    1. Contested Adoptions - Case Law Review
    2. Past-Due Child Support Owed at the Time of Adoption
    3. Appeal of Adoption Judgments
  6. Adhering to Ethical Guidelines in Adoption Law
    3:30 - 4:30, Nathan A. Leach
    1. When to Decline Representation
    2. Duty of Confidentiality
    3. Duties of Diligence and Communication
    4. Handling Fees and Costs
    5. Dealing With Third Parties in the Process

ANDREA L. CIOBANU is the managing attorney at Ciobanu Law, P.C., in Indianapolis, Indiana. She represents clients throughout Indiana in civil litigation matters, including commercial and business, defamation, family and domestic relations, protective orders, and civil rights and ADA compliance. Ms. Ciobanu also represents persons charged with white collar crime and mortgage fraud and has a robust appellate and post-conviction relief practice. A seasoned litigator, Ms. Ciobanu has argued before the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana Federal Courts, the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is also a trained registered civil, domestic, and elder mediator, guardian ad litem and parenting coordinator. Ms. Ciobanu is also a trained collaborative law professional. She is a frequent writer and speaker on such topics such as mediation, family and domestic relations, appeals, and civil rights. Ms. Ciobanu has earned a 10-rating from AVVO, as well as being recognized as a Super Lawyers© Rising Star every year since 2013. She teaches introductory law classes and legal ethics courses for undergraduates at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Ms. Ciobanu received her B.A. and her M.P.A. degrees, both summa cum laude, from Indiana University; followed by earning her J.D. degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

JOEL D. KIRSH is a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Kirsh & Kirsh P.C. Mr. Kirsh's practice is limited exclusively to adoption law. He has been practicing adoption law, along with his brother Steve, for more than 30 years and loves the emotional satisfaction of helping everyone involved in the adoption process. In addition to newborn adoptions, he assists with step-parent, grandparent, adult, and other relative adoptions, as well as formalization of international adoptions. Mr. Kirsh also assists with assisted reproductive technology law, including gestational carrier arrangements and other surrogacy related matters. He earned his B.S. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University.

NATHAN A. LEACH is an attorney with Herrin & Leach, LLC, where his practice is devoted exclusively to adoption law. He is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Leach has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers on multiple occasions. He earned his B.S. degree, with honors, from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and his J.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, where he served as an editor on the Indiana Law Review.

MEG STERCHI, LCSW, ACSW, a founder and the executive director of ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in the area of adoption. She has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and social work, focusing on children and families, mental health, and education. For more than 20 of those years, she has focused on working with birth and adoptive families, preparing and supporting them throughout the adoption process. Ms. Sterchi was honored by the U.S. Congress in 2013 as a CCAI Angel in Adoption. She received her M.S.W. degree from Indiana University School of Social Work and her B.A. degree from Purdue University.

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Phone: 866-240-1890


Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

IN CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This course has been approved by the Indiana Supreme Court Office of Admissions & Continuing Education. Participating attorneys are eligible to receive up to 6.0 hours of CLE credit, which includes 1.0 hour of ethics. Newly admitted attorneys may receive 6.0 hours of new attorney CLE.

International Association for Continuing Education Training

N IACET: 0.60
NBI, Inc. is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. NBI, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this program. At the end of the program, participants must complete a self-assessment in order to receive credit. 100% attendance is required. (Provider #1004558)

Upon completion of this course, attendee will be able to: 1. Identify federal laws that complicate adoptions. 2. Explain the steps to legally relinquish parental rights. 3. Explain what adoption petitions must contain. 4. List stepparent adoption procedures. 5. State what to do about unknown or missing birth fathers. 6. List ethical requirements to which you must adhere.

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