Adoptions are a delicate and sensitive issue, even without all of the legal problems that may arise if they become contested. Join Attorney Colleen Quinn as she illuminates both the Federal and State laws (using Virginia as an example) surrounding the adoption process.
She begins with an examination of the home study, why it is important to pass it and also when it is required in the adoption process. Ms. Quinn then continues with a discussion of the difference between agency versus private or parental adoptions, and how international adoptions fit in.
As Ms. Quinn explains in the presentation, even conducting a domestic adoption agency can be tricky when the adoption crosses state lines and involves interstate issues. She also discusses the different types of specialized adoptions as well as how consent and revocation periods and putative father registries work.
In addition, Ms. Quinn briefly covers the costs of adoption, on-going contact agreements and pertinent federal laws, including the complications of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Finally, Quinn addresses practical concerns throughout and shares “war stories” to illustrate the importance of tightly adhering to legal requirements.
I. Understand the Home Study
II. Grasp Agency v. Non-Agency Adoptions
III. Recognize special types of adoptions
IV. Know comparative costs
V. Examine termination of parental right issues and ongoing contracts
VI. Comprehend pertinent Federal laws
Honored with the Virginia State Bar Family Law Service Award (2015), “Best Lawyers in America” (2014), “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by National Trial Lawyers (2012-15), the YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law & Government (2011), the “Hats Off to Women Award” by the ABWA Cavalier Chapter (2011), as “Super Lawyers” Top 100 (2012 & 2013) and Top 50 (2011) in Virginia, Top 50 (2012-15) and Top 25 (2010 & 2011) Female in Virginia, and Top 50 (2013) and Top 25 (2012 & 2013) in Richmond, by Richmond magazine, by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (2010-14,2005), the “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly (2009), the Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award (2008), and a “Super Lawyer” by Richmond magazine (2006-15), Colleen Marea Quinn has represented thousands of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers and egg donors since 1989. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and UVA Law School, Quinn clerked for the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Hon. Harry L. Carrico. She is a Fellow, and serves on the Board of Trustees and is President-Elect, of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“AAAA”) and a Fellow, Founder, Executive Council and Membership Chair (2009-15) of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAARTA”), both are select groups of attorneys with rigorous standards for membership.
She speaks frequently at AAAA-AAARTA Annual Meetings, was the 2011 Mid-Year Conference Chair, the 2007 Annual Convention Chair, was on the AAAA ARTS Taskforce and Committee (2006-09), and Chaired the Birth Parent Representation Committee (1999 to 2003). In 2003, she published the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook.” She is the co-author of the Fifth and Fourth Editions of the Virginia CLE “Adoption Procedures and Forms” book. She has served as a program chair, moderator and speaker for numerous adoption and ART seminars and programs. Quinn has qualified and served as an expert witness in adoption law in the Virginia court system and has been hired and deposed as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She serves/has served as a certified Guardian ad Litem and is a member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, the VA Equality Bar Association, the ABA ART & Adoption Committees, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (“ASRM), RESOLVE, AAJ and the VTLA.
Quinn is a partner and equity owner in the firm of Locke & Quinn, has achieved an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell, is a Fellow of the LCA, and a member of the VTLA, RBA, VSB, and the AAJ. She is a Past-President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter, Past-Secretary of the Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board, Past-Chairman of the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, Past-President (former Pres., Pres-Elect, VP, Sec. and Treas.) of the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, and has served as a Chair and Co-Chair for numerous VTLA Committees.
Ms. Quinn devotes and has devoted time and energy to various civic activities such as the Creating a Family Board, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Girl Scouts of Virginia Board of Directors, Go Red for Women, VSDV Action Alliance, Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, LINC, and the Richmond YWCA (prior Advisory Council, President, Board member). She is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, a Lifetime Girl Scout member and, in her spare time, scuba dives, plays tennis, mountain bikes and teaches aerobics.
Very organized. Materials were totally in sync with her presentation..
The presenter did a good job or providing an overview of adoption law.
Very well organized. I look forward to more presentations from this instructor.
interesting- I adopted- internationally, thank god. -2008- prior to these all new requirements.
She enjoys her work
In my opinion the presenter of this course was well-prepared. Thank you.
The written materials were very appreciated, especially the cartoons.
Very pleasant presenter with sound knowledge.
She was great - so straightforward and professional
Very interesting topic.
Great course, very informative and some excellent practice pointers.
presentation was informative, and presenter was quirky.
Very good presentation
Ms. Quinn delivers yet again. Thorough, detailed and knowledgeable.
Helped a lot.
Great down and dirty primary course on adoption.
Very good overview of federal adoption law.
Spectacular overview of adoption law. Ms. Quinn is engaging, knowledgeable, and experienced. She's my go-to Lawline resource as I move my practice into adoption law.
Wonderful, clear and comprehensive treatment of the topic. Well done.
The speaker was very organized and knowledgeable. The best CLE presentation I've listened to on Lawline.
Very helpful overview of adoption.
Interesting topic in the light of changes in family law based on same-sex marriage
sHE KNOWS HER STUFF, EASILY COULD HAVE BEEN A 20-3 HOUR PRESENTATION
Ms. Quinn's presentation was exceptional, thorough and valuable.
Most informative course I have seen. Very well done.
Awesome overview. Well organized presentation.
Learned a lot, will use written materials when I need them . Through no need to take notes!
Although focused on Virginia law. the course appears to have general applicability to issues involved in both agency and private adoptions. Instructor is extremely knowledgeable and articulate.
Well done. Appreciated the interactive approach Ms. Quinn utilized and would welcome her as an instructor in future programs.
instructor was easy to follow with power point.
Speaker very clear and concise.
She is a GREAT presenter!
Very informative regarding federal and international issues and procedures-good overview!
Well done. Difficult topic- complex materials but she did a balanced & thorough job
GOOD HELPFUL PRESENTATION
Excellent speaker - intelligent and engaging.
good speaker, interesting topic
Very informative. The speaker knows the subject matter well.
very good speaker. loved the cartoons and the power point was informative.
very good overview
Awesome program! Very useful, even for adopting internationally.
Good materials to follow along.
INSTRUCTION KNOWLEDGEABLE OF SUBJECT AND EXCELLENT PRESENTATION
Very informative basis overview of Adoption Law
First Class presentation!
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