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This basic level seminar is designed for attorneys. It may also benefit social workers, guardians ad litem, paralegals, and adoption agency personnel.
A Practical Walkthrough for Adoption Law Practitioners and Beginners
This course offers a streamlined review of the adoption process from start to finish. Whether you're just getting into this area of practice or are looking for a refresher, our faculty will help you clarify procedure and manage all the parties involved. Simplify the process with our sample forms and checklists, and anticipate any roadblocks or conflicts. Register today!
Get a walkthrough of the adoption process from start to finish, including the roles and rights of all the parties involved.
Use our sample letters, forms, and checklists to keep each adoption case on track.
Mediate and draft enforceable post-adoption contact agreements.
Find out how the role of the birth father differs in child adoption vs. surrogacy.
Identify key grounds for dispensing with consent.
Answer your clients' questions about adoption tax credits, birth mother expenses, and other financial aspects of adoption.
Get the latest on ART and learn to draft better donor contracts.
Uphold the highest standards of the legal profession – explore common ethical dilemmas of adoption practice.
KEY RULES AND FIRST STEPS 9:00 - 9:55, Jason R. Scott
Qualifications of the Adopting Parent and Adopted Child
Types of Adoptions and Their Procedural Steps (Foster, Single Parent, Relative, Step-Parent, Gay/Lesbian, Adult Adoption, etc.)
Interstate Adoptions/ICPC (Interstate Compact on Placement of Children)
International Adoption (Hague/Working with the Adoption Agency)
Required and Recommended Notices
Forms to Fill Out and Documents to Obtain
Timeline and Deadlines
Filing the Petition: What to Include
Post-Adoption Contact Agreements - Family Code § 8616.5
Pre-Placement Assessment – When is it Required?
BIO PARENTS AND CONSENT PROCEDURES 9:55 - 10:35, Jason R. Scott
Consent vs. Relinquishment of Rights, and Implications of Each
Consent/Relinquishment of Rights Procedure
Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
Absent/Deceased Birth Parent(s)
Drafting Post-Adoption Contact Agreements
Putative Father Rights and Registry
Deployed Bio Fathers' Consent under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF ADOPTIONS 10:50 - 11:40, Sheri E. Cohen
Group Insurance Coverage under OBRA 1987
Birth Mother Expenses – Penal Code §§ 273 & 181
Adoption Tax Credits
Tax Credit for Adopting a Child with Special Needs
Tax Credit for Adoption of a Child without Special Needs
“Refundable” vs. “Non-Refundable” Credit
Reimbursement for Non-Recurring Expenses
FINALIZING THE ADOPTION AND POST-PLACEMENT FOLLOW-UP 11:40 - 12:30, Sheri E. Cohen
Final Hearing Request and the Documents It Must Contain
When must the Adopting Parents Appear, and When May Their Appearance at the Hearing be Waived?
At the Final Hearing
Protecting the Record
CONTESTED ADOPTIONS 1:30 - 2:20, Douglas R. Donnelly
Right to Counsel for Parents
Consolidation of Adoption Paternity Cases
Legal Grounds for Dispensing with Consent
Standard and Burden of Proof
Abandonment (Family Code § 7822)
Failure to Support in Stepparent Adoptions (Family Code § 8604)
Felony Record of Parent (Family Code § 7825)
Child in Guardianship for 2 Years (Probate Code § 1516.5)