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 with our Adoption Academy Here
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 with our Adoption Agency Directory Here.
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 (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.
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 Bylaws.
Academy applauds Goldwater for lawsuit over BIA.
Goldwater Institute of Arizona filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of certain Native American children with a goal toward reforming state and federal laws that discriminate against abused, neglected, or abandoned Native American children. See Academy comments in our Goldwater Press Release.
Academy congratulates Maine on new ART law.
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys applaud the Maine Legislature for its passage of An Act to Update Maine’s Family Law. See full press release: Maine Press Release.
Academy Praises Supreme Court Decision as child friendly.
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys are gratified by the child friendly opinion embracing marriage equality, issued this morning by the United States Supreme Court. To read entire press release click Supreme Court Decision Press Release.
Featured Youth from The Adoption Exchange
AAAA is committed to ensuring children find forever families. This week we have two children, Raeonna and William, who through the Adoption Exchange are waiting for adoptive homes that we want to share with you. If you or someone you know has love and a home to share with one of this children please click their names here Raeonna and William to learn more about them and how to take the first step to providing one of them (or both!) a loving, forever home.
Academy Responds to New Federal Indian Child Welfare Guidelines and Proposed Regulations
Washington, DC – The nation’s largest constituent group of adoption attorneys, law professors and judges is reacting to the Department of Interior’s recently issued guidelines from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) concerning the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a federal law established in 1978 to protect Native American children, families and tribes and to address the issue of the mass removal of Native American children from reservations by state welfare agencies. The law was enacted to protect “the relationship between Indian tribes and Indian children domiciled on the reservation.” For Full Press Release: Academy Responds to New Indian Child Welfare Guidelines & Webinar - BIA Guidelines. UPDATE: The BIA took a dramatic and unfortunate step subsequent to publishing the new guidelines when it next announced its intention to propose regulations based on the new guidelines. The Academy has voiced its strenuous opposition to this development in the Academy Comments to BIA Proposed ICWA Regulations submitted to the BIA.
Webinars for Purchase
For a List of Recent AAAA and AAARTA Webinars Available, Adoption and ART Webinars here .
Events in 2015
“Disrupted Adoptions: Recognizing, Responding, and Resolving” July 28, 2:00 EST
On July 28, 2015, at 2:00 EST, Fellow Heidi Bruegel Cox and Dr. Jon Bergeron will present “Disrupted Adoptions: Recognizing, Responding, and Resolving.” This 90 minute webinar is for any professional trying to assist a family through the difficult decision of dissolving an adoption. The path for dissolving an adoption is rocky and unpredictable, especially if the adoption was an Intercountry adoption. This webinar will address the emotional obstacles faced by the families, legal barriers that must be resolved and overcoming the expressions of guilt and blame that are often directed at the professionals who are most trying to help. This topic is top-of-mind for many agencies and attorneys who are negotiating this difficult and somewhat uncharted arena. To Register click on the Disrupted Adoption Webinar here.
AAAA/AAARTA Chicago Mid-Year Conference Open to All
Coming Together to Address Family Building Challenges . The Conference takes place in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 4 through Tuesday, October 6, 2015. To learn more go to the Academy Chicago Conference Page. Focusing exclusively on assisted reproductive technology law, join us for education, debate and networking. Conference Registration is now open You will need to click on the Registration Form (Chicago 2015) and make your hotel reservations using the Swissôtel link. You can pay for your registration using a credit card, debit card, or PayPal using this Online Payment link. If you are an Exhibitor, you can complete our registration form: Exhibitor Form Chicago and pay your Exhibitor Fee using the Exhibitor Fee Payment Link. See the Chicago-CLE Schedule (Draft).
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 about Doug. . .