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.

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.  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.


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.

Featured Youth from The Adoption Exchange

AAAA is committed to ensuring children find forever families.  This week we have two children, Renee and Braydin, 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, Renee and Braydin, 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.

Events in 2015

Using Social Media in the Practice of Adoption and ART Law

On November 17, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. EST, Fellows Jennifer Fairfax, Robin Fleischner, and Joanna Beck Wilkinson will be presenting, “Using Social Media in the Practice of Adoption and ART Law.” This 90 minute webinar will go beyond the basics and delve into the ethical and legal aspects of using social media in your law practice or agency. Our presenters will discuss ways to use social media to benefit your practice including answering the question of can/should birth fathers be contacted via Facebook, is it okay to “investigate” your birth mothers through social media, and what is beneficial to use and what could be detrimental to your practice or reputation. We will also address how using social media can help you build your practice and reputation as well as be a resource for you and your clients to connect with expectant mothers, prospective adoptive parents, donors, and gestational carriers.  For more information, use our link for "Social Media in Adoption and ART".

Avoiding Adoption Agency Liability 

The Academy’s “Avoiding Adoption Agency Liability" webinar was a huge success.  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 provided an informative program that can be purchased on our Webinar Page.

2016 Educational Opportunities

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

Section of Family Law 2016 Spring Conference in Bermuda, May 11-14, 2016.  ABA Conference Link

Webinars for Purchase

For a List of Recent AAAA and AAARTA Webinars Available click Adoption and ART Webinars.