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Adoption Law: Start to Finish

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Adoption Law: Start to Finish

Workshop Description/Agenda

Ensure a Smooth Path to a New Life

Adoption is an emotional process for all the parties involved. Are you prepared to assist and guide your clients through this highly stressful 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. Register 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.
  • Avoid problems when dealing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services when adopting a foreign child by knowing what to expect ahead of time.
  • 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.


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  1. The Essentials of Adoption Law
    11:00 - 11:45, Samuel C. Totaro Jr.
    1. Understanding the Definitions: Who May be Adopted
    2. Who May Adopt: Criteria and Qualifications
    3. Obtaining Adoption Assistance
    4. Adhering to Federal Laws Affecting Adoptions
      1. Adoption and Safe Families Act
      2. Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
      3. Indian Child Welfare Act
      4. Howard Metzenbaum Multiethnic Placement Act
      5. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
  2. Different Adoption Options/Budgets
    11:45 - 12:15, Kathleen M. Tana
    1. CYFD Adoptions
    2. Independent Adoptions
    3. Agency Adoption
    4. Same Sex Adoption
    5. Open Adoption vs. Closed Adoption
    6. Assisted Reproduction and Adoption
    7. Financial Considerations of Adoption
  3. Terminating Parental Rights
    12:30 - 1:15, Patrick Lacroix
    1. General Requirements That Need to be Considered
    2. Obtaining Confirmed Consent and Surrender of Birth Parents
    3. Properly Dealing With Notice Requirements
    4. Observing Guidelines Governing Involuntary Termination
    5. Where Complaints May be Filed
    6. Issues Handled by State Common Pleas Courts
    7. When Default Proceedings May Move Forward
  4. Overcoming Interstate Adoption Issues
    1:15 - 1:45, Samuel C. Totaro Jr.
    1. What is the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)?
    2. Dealing With Conflicts Between State Laws
    3. Navigating Multistate Adoption Procedures
  5. Intercountry Adoptions
    2:15 - 3:00, Kathleen M. Tana
    1. The Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000
    2. Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions
    3. Universal Accreditation Act
    4. Process for Domestic Adoption of Foreign Born Children
  6. Following Ethical Guidelines in Adoption Law
    3:00 - 4:00, Kathleen M. Tana
    1. Identifying Conflicts of Interest
    2. Confidentiality in Adoption Cases
    3. Guidelines for Setting Fair Attorney Fees
    4. Observing the Rules of Professional Conduct
  7. Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process
    4:15 - 5:15, Samuel C. Totaro Jr.
    1. Preparation of Pre- and Post-Placement Reports
    2. The Interrelated Roles of Social Worker and Attorney
    3. Determining Fees and Expenses
    4. How to Conduct a Thorough Background Check
    5. The Adoption Home Study: A Look Into the Reality
    6. Working With Birth Parents: What You Need to Do
    7. Federal, State, and Local Services Available to All Parties Involved
    8. Medical Care and Insurance Coverage for Birth Mother and Child
    9. Responsibilities of the Guardian Ad Litem
    10. Unique Considerations When Adopting Special Needs Children
  8. What to do if Something Goes Wrong
    5:15 - 6:00, Patrick Lacroix
    1. Rights of the Biological Parents vs. Adoptive Parents: Who Takes Precedence?
    2. The Constitutional Dimensions of Parental Rights: What Does Due Process Mean?
    3. Proving a Parent is Unfit in Contested Adoptions
    4. Tackling Third-Party Challenges
    5. Dissolution/Disruption of Adoption
    6. Withdrawal of Consent? What to do Next
    7. Correctly Handling an Appeal of the Adoption Decree

Who Should Attend

This legal guide to adoptions is designed for attorneys. It may also benefit adoption agency employees, social workers, guardians ad litem, paralegals, and counselors who want to learn more about adoption laws and proceedings.

Additional Information

Training Provider: NBI, Inc.

Course Topics: Law Training > Family Law

Training Course Summary: Adoption Law: Start to Finish

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