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.



For a List of Recent AAAA and AAARTA Webinars Available, click here.

2015 Annual Conference Awards and Sponsorship Opportunities

Each year at the Annual Meeting, the President recognizes one or two Fellows who have contributed in an extraordinary way to the work of the Academy and improving the lives of children. The Awards are the President’s Award and the Amy Silberberg Award. This year there will be two additional awards including the Mentor Who Made A Difference and Fellow of Distinction.  For more information including how to be a sponsor, click here..

Academy Writing Competition and Sponsorship Opportunities

The Academy is holding a Legal Writing Contest for:
• The Best Adoption Legal Article • The Best ART Legal Article

More information on the Writing Competition and what you should do?  Click here

Focus on a Fellow

An Interview With Douglas Donnelly

Doug Donnelly is a big man with a big heart. When I sat down to interview him, his passion for his faith, his family, and adoption law burst from him, and he spoke with tears in his eyes. He explained that being emotional is in his DNA: “I am from a big Irish family and all too often tears are just beneath the surface.”     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.

Events in 2015

“Post-Adoption Contact Agreements: Tips to Increase Your Chances of a Successful Agreement for the Child.”

Please mark your calendars and plan to join Academy Fellows, Karen Greenberg and Allison Pieroni, and Director of the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin, Stella Gilgur-Cook, on January 28, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. EST, as they present “Post-Adoption Contact Agreements: Tips to Increase Your Chances of a Successful Agreement for the Child.” Click here for details. To register for the Webinar, click here.

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 Exhibitor and Sponsorship Form for information on being a sponsor. To make your St. Pete Reservation click here:  St. Pete, here we come!

Assisted Reproductive Technology Fall Conference - Open to All

Focusing exclusively on assisted reproductive technology law, our October 4-6, 2015  Fall Conference in Chicago  will be open for registration in early February, 2015. Please check back then for complete registration information.