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.

More About our Adoption Attorneys  OPEN TO ALL - Our Mid-Year ARTS Conference. Click for details.

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.


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.


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

WEBINAR -- Essentials of ART Contract Drafting

On March 18, 2015, at 2:00 EST, Lynn Bodi, Shannon Matteson, and Colleen Quinn, will be presenting a 90 minute webinar entitled, “The Essentials You Must Know Before ART Contract Drafting.” This presentation focuses on what steps should take place in ART arrangements before the parties get to the contract drafting stage. Using stories of mishaps - including contract negotiations that have imploded - these presenters will present a check list of “should be done” items before launching into drafting the agreement.

The price per registrant is $149. The webinar is open to both Fellows and non-fellows. Each registered participant will receive a recording of the webinar along with Power Point and bios of the presenters. If you are unable to attend, but are interested in learning more about the topic, please go ahead and register anyway. You will be sent the recording and documentation after the event as well.
To register for the webinar, complete the registration form and return it along with your check payable to “AAAA” to Jennie Sullivan, Administrative Director, 2930 E. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Registration located here ART Contract Drafting Essentials Registration or to pay by credit card online click Adoption Academy Online Payment.

2015 Annual Conference Awards and Sponsorship Opportunities

Each year at the Annual Meeting, the President recognizes one or two Fellows who have contributed in an extraordinary way to the work of the Academy and improving the lives of children. The Awards are the President’s Award and the Amy Silberberg Award. This year there will be two additional awards including the Mentor Who Made A Difference and Fellow of Distinction.  Be a sponsor of a Mentor or Fellow of Distinction Adoption Award by clicking here

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 . . .

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.
  1. Provisional Membership Information is now available.  For information review our by-laws by Clicking here will get you to the Adoption Academy by-laws.

Events in 2015

Annual Conference - Fellows Only

Academy Fellows ONLY  join us April 26-29, 2015 in St. Pete Beach for our Annual Adoption and ART Conference to fulfill your mandatory Academy CLE requirements.  See  2015 Annual Conference Registration Form for more details and our  2015 Annual Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration Form for for information on being a sponsor.  To make your hotel reservation at the TradeWinds Resort click here:  St. Pete Beach, here we come!  Kids Programming for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday  Got Kids? Information ---  KONK Club - Monday Registration Form  KONK Club --- Tuesday Registration Form.  Materials and other information for our Fellows can be found in the member area.

For those attending our Annual Conference, you'll want to check out the Auction Catalog to figure out your bidding plan ahead of time! Here it is:  Academy Charitable Trust Auction Catalog

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 Program for course offerings.