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.
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.
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, LaShea and Tristin, 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 LaShea and Tristin 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
Avoiding Adoption Agency Liability
The Academy’s Agency Committee will be hosting our October webinar entitled, “Avoiding Adoption Agency Liability: Tips for Getting and Staying Out of Hot Water” on October 14, 2015, at 2:00 EST. This webinar will feature three outstanding presenters: Virginia Frank and Jeanne Tate, Fellows of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, who represent multiple adoption agencies, and Phillip Hawley, the president of Hawley and Associates, an insurance company specializing in coverage for adoption, child welfare and other agencies. To Learn More click our Webinar Page.
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. We have sold out of Exhibitor spots. If you are interested in being an Exhibitor at a future conference check out our website regularly or follow us on social media for updates. Financial hardship? See if you may qualify for a reduced conference fee. Attendees, here is the CLE Schedule-Final (Chicago 2015).
Two additional educational opportunities are being offered to ART professionals in October.
The American Bar Association Section of Family Law 2015 Fall CLE Conference is being held in Portland, Oregon, from October 14 to 17, 2015. The above link provides access to more information about registration, lodging, and the conference schedule.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Convention will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, from October 17 to 21, 2015. For additional information about this event go to ASRM 2015.
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. . .