The ABCs of Adoption: What Family Law Pract. Need To Know
Friday, November 16, 2012
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9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7.5 MCLE Credits: 6.5 Professional Practice; 1.0 Ethics
This program has been developed to provide Family Law practitioners with specific detailed information regarding particular aspects of law which impact both adoption and child welfare cases. The information will assist attorneys in better representing their clients, especially where such cases intersect.
This program is appropriate also for caseworkers and social workers who wish to learn more about adoption practices.
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. International Adoptions
10:15 – 10:40 a.m. ICPC – Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. The ICPC is a contract among member states and U.S. territories authorizing them to work together to ensure that children who are placed across state lines for foster care or adoption receive adequate protection and support services.
10:40 – 10:55 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:55 – 11:20 a.m. Home Study – Home studies are required for nearly all adoptions.
11:20 a.m. -12:20 p.m. ICWA – The Indian Child Welfare Act. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which was adopted by Congress in 1978, applies to child custody and adoption proceedings in state courts involving “Indian” children – children of Native American ancestry or Alaskan ancestry. In certain situations, the tribe may overrule parental preferences.
12:20 – 1:20 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:20 – 2:10 p.m. Post Adoption Contact Agreements/Open Adoptions – Many adoptions are “open”. Since 2005 the agreements between birth parents and adoptive parents may be enforceable.
2:10 – 3:00 p.m. Subsidies – Many adoptive children are eligible for State and Federally sponsored subsidies to encourage placement of children in permanent homes.
3:00 – 3:10 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:10 – 4:00 ARTS/Surrogacy – Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Legal representation includes working with traditional surrogates, gestational carriers, and intended parents, and drafting agreements to protect a client’s rights in this complex and developing area of practice.
4:00 – 4:50 Ethics – case studies of ethical dilemmas encountered in adoption cases
4:50 – 5:00 Questions
5:00 p.m. Adjournment
New this Year: All program materials will be distributed exclusively online in searchable PDF format, allowing attendees more flexibility in storing this information and allowing you to copy and paste relevant portions of the materials for specific use in your practice. A CLE NotePad © (paper) will be provided to all attendees at the live program site. The CLE NotePad © includes lined pages for taking notes on each topic, as well as any PowerPoint presentations submitted prior to printing. Traditional printed course books can be ordered at the program site for the discounted price of $20.00 and will be shipped subsequent to the program date.
Directions(FROM NORTH: 87 South to I-90 East (toward Boston), then 787 South to downtown Albany (Clinton Ave exit). Turn left at first light (Broadway), right at State Street and right at Lodge Street. Park at Crowne Plaza Hotel Parking Garage and walk up Pine Street. Turn right onto Eagle Street and continue to corner of Elk and Eagle Streets. State Bar Center is directly across the street.FROM SOUTH: NYS Exit 23 to 787. Exit Rt. 9 North and Rt 20 West, bear right. Turn left at light, right onto Broadway, left onto State Street and right at Lodge Street, where you may park at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Parking Garage. Follow walking directions above.FROM WEST: NYS Thruway Exit 24 to I-90 East (toward Boston). Take 787 South to downtown Albany (Clinton Avenue exit) and follow parking/walking directions above.FROM EAST: I-90 West to 787 South to downtown Albany (Clinton Avenue) and follow parking/walking directions above)
The last day to pre-register online was November 15, 2012.
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