Committed to Promoting Adoption 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.

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.

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.

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.  Find an Adoption Attorney.

Find an Agency

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. The fact that an agency is listed in the Agency Directory should not be construed as an endorsement of that agency by the Academy.  Find an Adoption Agency.

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 Onlywebsite.

Interested in joining AAAA?  

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

Provisional Membership Program for Adoption Attorneys

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.

News

Lexi's Case and ICWA

The Academy is experienced in dealing with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). While we understand the intention of the law and the spirit from which it was established, all too often we witness first-hand the unnecessary trauma and turmoil the federal law is inflicting on innocent child and families, usually because courts fail to apply the gold standard test of American custody law--the best interests of the child.   For detailed information please go to the Academy's webpage for ICWA in our section on Children's Rights.

Family Formation Charitable Trust Announces Grants

The Family Formation Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that an additional $8,000 in grants were awarded in the September 2015 funding cycle to several families and one 501c3 organization...for more information read the full summary on Family Formation Charitable Trust.

Focus on a Fellow - Herb Friedman

Herb Friedman has been an Academy Fellow since 1990.  He practices law in Boston and is a adoptive father.  To learn more click Herb Friedman...

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.

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.

Events in 2016

“THE NAKED LAWYER: Are You “Naked” On Your Professional Liability and Business Insurance?”

August 2, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 EST, speakers are Michael Carroll of Insuring Lawyer and Jenny Womack, price is $149, ”Insurance “guru” Michael Carroll of Insuring Lawyer and Academy Fellow Jenny L. Womack will discuss how to best protect yourself, your business, your staff and your clients through proper insurance. Have you considered your cyber-liability in the event of a data breach? What about liability for car accidents incurred while driving on firm business? What exactly does your professional liability insurance cover or what should it cover? Jenny and Mike will explore these topics and much more. Every attorney should participate in this webinar…after all, you don’t want to practice naked do you?  To Sign up click:  The Naked Lawyer

FROM HELPING TO HEALING: Tomorrow’s Children in Today’s World of Adoption and Family Formation

From Helping to Healing is a jointly sponsored conference by the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) and the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) to be held at the JW Marriott in New Orleans from September 22-24. The conference entails a child-centered focus and will explore best practices related to domestic infant adoption, foster care adoption, intercountry adoption, current issues in ARTS, and multiple issues focused on the overlap between children of adoption and assisted reproductive technology.

The joint conference is designed to bring together attorneys, social workers, adoption agencies, surrogacy programs, government workers, and other helping professionals in adoption academia, child welfare, health care, ART, and anyone with a passion for ensuring bright futures for children and families touched by adoption and ART.

All the information is on the website at www.fromhelpingtohealing.org including: the registration form ( discounted rate through May 30, 2016; code is H2HAttorney), hotel registration information, sponsor/exhibitor rates, and the schedule of educational and social events.

Featured Youth from The Adoption Exchange

AAAA is committed to ensuring children find forever families. This week we have two children 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 go to the Adoption Exchange page on our website to learn more about them and how to take the first step to providing one of them (or both!) a loving, forever home.

2016 Educational Opportunities

Save the Date for Joint AAAA-NCFA Conference in New Orleans September 22 - September 24.

Webinars for Purchase

For a List of Recent Webinars on Adoption, ART law, Surrogacy offered by the Academy click Adoption and ART Webinars.