The ABCs of Adoption: What Family Law Pract. Need To Know
Friday, November 16, 2012
- Location -
State Bar Center
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
9:00 a.m. - 5:00
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
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Processing BCIS approvals for Hague countries and
Humanitarian parole issues
Re-adoption in the U.S.
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.
What is ICPC?
How does it apply to adoptions and foster
Complying with ICPC – what is required in
Consequences for failure to comply
10:40 – 10:55 a.m. Refreshment
10:55 – 11:20 a.m. Home Study – Home
studies are required for nearly all adoptions.
Statutory requirements, issues considered
Who can perform a home study?
When and how is it completed?
Preparing your client for a home study
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.
Overview of ICWA
When does it apply?
Recent case law developments
12:20 – 1:20 p.m. Lunch (on
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.
Recent case law
2:10 – 3:00 p.m.
Subsidies – Many adoptive children are eligible for State and
Federally sponsored subsidies to encourage placement of children in
Source of subsidies
Types of subsidies
Application and approval process
Appeals for denials
Impact of disruption of adoption
3:00 – 3:10
– 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
– case studies of ethical dilemmas encountered in adoption
4:50 – 5:00
Anne Reynolds Copps Law Office of Anne
Albany, New York
New York City
Jaron Ben-Shalom, Director of Adoptions, New
York City Administration for Children’s Services, New York, New
York * Laurie E. Braun, Principal,
Laurie E. Braun Attorney At Law, New York, New York * Melissa B. Brisman, Principal, Melissa B.
Brisman, Esq., LLC, Montvale, New Jersey * Kathy Brodsky,
Director, Ametz Adoption Program, Jewish Child Care Association, New
York, New York * Barry
Chaffkin, CEO and Co-Founder, Fostering Change for Children,
Rocky Point, New York * Gregory Franklin, Partner, Ashcraft
Franklin Young & Peters, LLP, Rochester, New York * Laurie Goldheim, Principal, Law Offices of
Laurie B. Goldheim, Nanuet, New York * Michael S. Goldstein,
Principal, Law Office of Michael S. Goldstein, Rye Brook, New York *
Ray Kimmelman, Director of Legal Compliance, City of New
York, Administration for Children's Services (ACS), Division
of Family Court Legal Services (FCLS), New York, New York *
Rebecca Mendel, Partner, Rosin Steinhagen Mendel, New York, New
York * Benjamin J. Rosin, Partner, Rosin Steinhagen Mendel, New
York, New York * Denise Seidelman, Partner, Rumbold and
Seidelman, Bronxville, New York * Dawn Smith-Pliner, Founder and
Director, Friends in Adoption, Middletown Springs,
Kate Kaufman Burns, Executive Director,
Adoption Resources & Counseling Center, Inc., Clifton Park, New York
* Anne Reynolds Copps, Principal,
Law Office of Anne Reynolds Copps, Albany, New York * Kathleen
"Casey" Copps DiPaola, Law Office of Anne Reynolds Copps,
Albany, New York * Michael S. Goldstein, Principal, Law Office of
Michael S. Goldstein, Rye Brook, New York * James J. Green,
Attorney, Albany County Department of Children, Youth, and Families,
Albany, New York * Brendan C. O’Shea, Partner, Gleason Dunn
Walsh & O'Shea, Albany, New York * Laurie Coreno Reynolds,
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Clifton Park, New York * Nina
Rumbold, Partner, Rumbold and Seidelman, Bronxville, New York *
John E. Stupp, Assistant Deputy Council, New York State Office of
Children & Family Service, Rensselaer, New York.
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