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


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 American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) website by clicking here

Interested in joining AAAA?  

If you are interested in becoming a Fellow of the Academy, click here.

Agency Directory

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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.

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News & Events

Mid-Year Conference - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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 AAAA/AAARTA "Creating Your Child's Story" Family Building Expo and AAAA Mid-year Fall Conference, "Adoption: Changing the Story for Children", information Click  HERE . The conference will be in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Four Seasons Hotel, for reservations, click here.  Online registration can be done by clicking HERE! To see the CLE's offered, click HERE.

Academy Fellows mark your calendars for our 2015 annual conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. 4/26 - 4/29.  Registration form HERE.

This conference is for Academy Fellows only. If you are interested in becoming a Fellow please click here.

AAAA introduces a new Provisional Membership program, an opportunity for younger, less experienced adoption lawyers to have access to AAAA programs and begin the path to full Fellowship. 

Click here for more information on Provisional Membership.

Accuracy for Adoptees Act. 

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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...

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. For a complete list of Academy Angels, click here.