Audio CD + Course Book

Adoption Law Made Simple

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

February, 2018

Product ID#:

78206CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • NC CLE - 6.00
From Event: Adoption Law Made Simple, held February 2018.

Program Description

Are you looking to build an understanding of one of the most rewarding areas of law? This guide 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, interstate, 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 - order today!

Course Content

  1. Overview of Adoption Law
  2. The Adoption Process: A Checklist Guide
  3. Preparing the Adoption Petition, Consents and Other Essential Documents (w/Samples)
  4. Stepparent, Relative and Other Adoptions: Procedural Nuances
  5. Interstate Adoption Procedures
  6. Dangers and Difficulties of the Adoption Process
  7. Adhering to Ethical Guidelines in Adoption Law

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 NC - Credit Approval Expiration 12/31/2019 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Overview of Adoption Law
    9:00 - 9:45, Parker Herring
    1. State Laws Governing Adoptions
    2. Federal Laws That Complicate Adoptions
    3. Types of Adoptions and Their Timetables
    4. Contested vs. Uncontested Adoptions
    5. Agency vs. Agency-Assisted vs. Independent Adoptions
    6. Representing Birth Parents vs. Adoptive Parents
  2. The Adoption Process: A Checklist Guide
    9:45 - 10:45, Parker Herring
    1. Client Intake (w/Sample Adoption Intake Forms)
    2. Advising Clients on the Financial Implications of Adoption, Tax Credits and Assistance
    3. The Finding Process
    4. Conducting Background Checks and Obtaining Medical Histories/Prenatal Care Records
    5. The Homestudy: Requirements and What Evaluators Look for
    6. Termination of Parental Rights Procedures
      1. Voluntary Relinquishment and Consent
      2. Involuntary Termination
      3. Termination Hearings and Appeals
    7. Necessary Court Filings: Unwritten Rules That Can Hinder the Adoption
    8. Post-Placement Reports
    9. Dealing with Notice Requirements
    10. Adoption Finalization Hearings: A Practical Guide for New Attorneys
    11. Reviewing the Final Order (w/Sample)
    12. Post-Adoption Wrap Up
  3. Preparing the Adoption Petition, Consents and Other Essential Documents (w/Samples)
    11:00 - 11:45, Jessica Arthur
  4. Stepparent, Relative and Other Adoptions: Procedural Nuances
    12:45 - 1:30, Michele G. Smith
    1. Stepparent Adoption Procedures
    2. Relative Adoption Procedures
    3. Same Sex Adoptions
    4. Single Parent Adoptions
    5. Unborn Adoptive Child vs. Infant/Child vs. Adult Adoption
    6. Open vs. Closed Adoptions (w/Sample PACA)
    7. Foster and Special Needs Adoptions
    8. Re-Adoptions (Domestication of Foreign Adoptions)
    9. Peculiarities of Adoption Practice in Different Counties
    10. Guardianship vs. Adoption
  5. Interstate Adoption Procedures
    1:30 - 2:15, Brinton D. Wright
    1. Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
    2. Multistate Adoption Process and Procedure
    3. Dealing with Conflicts Between State Laws and ICPC Policies
    4. Waiver and Election of Law
  6. Dangers and Difficulties of the Adoption Process
    2:15 - 3:15, Brinton D. Wright
    1. Adoption Pitfalls New Attorneys Should be Wary of
    2. Spotting Adoption Scams
    3. Avoiding Unlawful Reimbursement of Birth Mother Expenses
    4. Birth Mother Won't Identify the Birth Father
    5. Serving Notice to Unknown/Missing Birth Fathers
    6. Contested Adoptions - Case Law Review
    7. Dealing with Vulnerable Birth Parents (Minors, Incarcerated Parents, etc.)
    8. Changing Names and Social Security Numbers
    9. Child Born with Serious Medical Problems
    10. Interfacing with Social Services in Adoptions
    11. Past-Due Child Support Owed at the Time of Adoption
    12. Adoptive Parents Wish to Return Child
    13. Appeal of Adoption Judgments
  7. Adhering to Ethical Guidelines in Adoption Law
    3:30 - 4:30, Bobby D. Mills
    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

JESSICA ARTHUR is an attorney with Cape Fear Family Law. Ms. Arthur's main areas of practice are divorce and family law. She is admitted to practice law in North Carolina and is a member of the North Carolina Bar. Ms. Arthur earned her J.D. degree from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia.

PARKER HERRING is a board certified specialist in family law and is the founding member of the law firm of Herring Mills PLLC. She also is the director of A Child’s Hope, a licensed child placing agency, and is the only attorney in North Carolina who directs an adoption agency. The agency was founded in 2000 and has placed over 315 North Carolina children for adoption. Ms. Herring has practiced for 30 years and speaks frequently at continuing education seminars on adoption and other family law topics. She also practices assisted reproduction, as well as all aspects of divorce law. Ms. Herring is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Wake Forest University School of law. She’s a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, and the North Carolina Collaborative Lawyers.

BOBBY D. MILLS practices law in Raleigh as an attorney with the firm of Herring Mills PLLC. His areas of practice include family law and adoption. Mr. Mills earned his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and his J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a board certified specialist in family law by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Mills frequently speaks on family law issues to various business and professional groups. He is a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the Wake County and North Carolina bar associations, as well as the North Carolina State Bar.

MICHELE G. SMITH is a member of the firm of Hill Evans Jordan & Beatty, PLLC, practicing in the area of family law and adoption. Ms. Smith is a former chair of the Adoption Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section, and a former director on the Executive Board of the Greensboro Bar Association. Ms. Smith regularly participates in ethics interviews for the North Carolina State Bar. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Guilford County Chapter and the Triad Collaborative Family Law Practice Group, as well as a former member of the Guilford Inn of Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Family Law & Litigation sections; North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section; and the Greensboro Bar Association. Ms. Smith earned her B.S degree, cum laude, from Appalachian State University and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Wake Forest University.

BRINTON D. WRIGHT is the principal member of the Law Offices of Brinton Wright, PLLC, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1976. Mr. Wright’s practice consists primarily of adoption law (adoptive parent, birth parent and agency representation) but also includes representing small businesses, estate planning, and estate and trust administration. He co-chairs the Adoption Committee of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Mr. Wright has been influential in the drafting and promoting of numerous changes to North Carolina adoption statutes, including changes that promote interstate adoption and clarify adoption procedure. He was the first North Carolina lawyer to become a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a national organization of attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the field of adoption law. For more than 20 years Mr. Wright has also been involved with the governance of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, North Carolina’s oldest and largest adoption agency, having served on its Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and Foundation Committee. From 1999 to 2001, he chaired the agency’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Wright is a regular presenter at seminars on North Carolina adoption law. In 2008, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute awarded him its Angel in Adoption™ recognition. Mr. Wright earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law, Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Hampshire, and Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University.

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Continuing Legal Education

NC CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
12/31/2019
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
NBI, Inc. is an accredited sponsor with the North Carolina State Board of Continuing Legal Education. Attendance of this program may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of online CLE credit, including 1.0 ethics. No more than 6.0 hours of online CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period. This program qualifies for family law specialization certification credit.


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