Committed to Promoting Reform and Sharing Information

The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is a national association of approximately 340 attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law. The Academy's work includes promoting the reform of adoption laws and disseminating information on ethical adoption practices.

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Distinguished Adoption Attorneys

Academy Fellows must be licensed for at least five years and have acted as lead counsel in at least 50 adoption proceedings, including 10 interstate (ICPC) placements in the two years prior to being invited to join the Academy.  They must maintain their practice according to the highest standards of ethics, competence and professionalism.

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Adoption Attorneys Provide Legal Advice and Protections

Adoption laws across the United States are statutory and they must be followed to the letter in order for a successful adoption to occur. An attorney is your best advocate to ensure a successful adoption by examining the laws involved and providing you with an successful adoption plan.

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Find an Attorney

Working with an expert in adoption law will help ensure that your adoption proceeds smoothly. The Academy Directory is a listing of the current fellows of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys in each State.  Get Started

Find an Agency

Formerly available only to AAAA members, the Agency Directory provides you with information about adoption agencies that have an affiliation either directly or indirectly with one or more current AAAA members. Get Started

Considering Assisted Reproductive Technologies?

You may also want to learn about building your family through the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology.  For more information about this option please visit us at the Aaart Alogo Only(American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys) website.

Interested in joining AAAA?  

If you are interested in becoming a Fellow of the Academy follow this link for member qualifications to join AAAA.



Accuracy for Adoptees Act

S.1614, the Accuracy for Adoptees Act a bill, proposed and shepherded by AAAA and signed by President Obama in January, 2014 helps adoptive children who had been given inaccurate birthdates abroad.  Continue reading about the  Accuracy for Adoptees Act.

Angels in Adoption

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s (CCAI) Angels in Adoption™ Program honors individuals, couples, and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of families. Many Academy Fellows have been named Angels in Adoption as has the Academy itself. To see which Fellows have been honored see  Angels in Adoption List.

Focus on a Fellow

An Interview With Dan Ziskin

“How many lawyers get to do ‘happy’ law?” asked Fellow Daniel Ziskin, when asked why he chose to practice in the area of adoptions and assisted fertility. “I feel as though I’m involved in something that is truly helpful to people and significant. We’re helping to make children’s lives so much better than they might otherwise have been. We’re making a real difference.” Continue Reading . . .

AAAA Introduces a Provisional Membership Program

An opportunity for younger, less experienced adoption lawyers to have access to AAAA programs and begin the path to full Fellowship.
Provisional Membership Information is now available.  For information review our by-laws by Clicking here.

WEBINAR - “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: What Adoption and Family Law Attorneys Need to Know and How They Can Help.”

On November 5, 2014, at 2:30 EST, Karen Law and Emily Dudak Taylor, will be presenting a 90 minute webinar entitled, “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: What Adoption and Family Law Attorneys Need to Know and How They Can Help.”  More advanced SIJS topics will include "similar basis under state law" cases, "one parent" cases, children with criminal records, interplay of SIJS and adoption, notice to birth parents and foreign governments, and defensive SIJS petitions when the child is in removal proceedings. Karen and Emily will also discuss how adoption and family law attorneys can help with the "unaccompanied child" crisis currently being covered in the news.
The price per registrant is $25. The webinar is open to both Fellows and non-fellows.  

There are two ways to register: 1) To register by mail, open the attached registration form, complete it and return it to Jennie Sullivan at  2930 E. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240-3716 along with your check payable to “AAAA.” OR 2) If you prefer to register on line and pay via credit card, click the link below and you will be taken to the online registration site. (For online registration, click here: 

Salsa-2nd Annual Litigation Seminar

Salsa 2015 Announcement - Back by popular demand, two days of excellent litigation training at the Hotel Albuquerque on January 19-20, 2015. Open to Academy Fellows and non-Academy attorneys practicing adoption or ART law.     Salsa 2015 Registration Form

2015 Annual Conference - Fellows Only

Academy Fellows only join us April 26-29, 2015 in St. Pete Beach to fulfill your mandatory Academy CLE requirements.  See  2015 Annual Conference Registration Form for more details and our Sponsorship Form for information on being a sponsor.