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 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.

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 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

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.  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. . .