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 faculty 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. Enroll today!
Get all the adoption assistance available for your clients, including tax credits.
Advise wisely on the differences between private placements and agency adoptions.
Comply with the notice and consent requirements for terminating parental rights.
Ensure clients are adhering to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.
Know your role in the interplay between social worker and guardians ad litem during the adoption process.
Prepare for problems such as third-party challenges and dissolution of adoption.
Advise clients knowledgeably with an understanding of current adoption law.
Tackle sensitive ethical issues and other problems that are unique in adoption situations.
THE ESSENTIALS OF ADOPTION LAW
PRIVATE PLACEMENT ADOPTIONS
ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN ASSISTING WITH AN ADOPTION
Christine Douglas is the founding member of Keating Douglas, LLP. She practices solely in the area of family law and is a certified family law specialist, as certified by the Family Law Certification Board. Her practice includes adoptions, custody disputes, domestic partnership agreements, divorces, grandparent visitation, guardianships, parenting time enforcement, paternity cases, and premarital agreements. She has extensive mediation and trial experience and completed the American Bar Association's Family Law Trial Advocacy program. Ms. Douglas has been practicing for more than 20 years managing complex family law matters. Additionally, she is a trained collaborative law attorney, parenting coordinator, and guardian ad litem; and prefers seeking holistic resolutions in family law matters. She received her B.A. degree from Purdue University and earned her J.D. degree from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Debra E Guston is a partner in Guston & Guston L.L.P., in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Ms. Guston represents a broad spectrum of clients in family court matters, adoptions, assisted reproduction, surrogacy/donor law, estate planning and administration, non-profit formation/governance, and special need and other trusts. Ms. Guston has been recognized by the New Jersey State Bar Association for her legislative work on behalf of the Bar, most notably lobbying for the passage of New Jersey's Gestational Carrier Act. She has served the legal community as a member of the NJ State Bar's Family Law Section's Family Law Executive Committee since 2007 and has served as its Adoption and Reproductive Rights Sub-Committee Chair. She is a Past Chair of the NJ State Bar's LGBT Rights Section and a current Trustee. Ms. Guston is a Past President of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, the leading international, credentialed organization of family formation attorneys. Ms. Guston also serves in two New Jersey Supreme Court appointed positions. She is a member of the Family Practice Committee and Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness. Ms. Guston received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. degree from Emerson College and her J.D. degree from Cardozo 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.
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