Adoption Law Overview & Primer: A Federal and State Perspective

Production Date: February 24, 2015 Practice Areas: Family & Matrimonial Law and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 5466 minutes


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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.


Learning Objectives:

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


Ann K.
Chicago, IL

The presenter did a good job or providing an overview of adoption law.

Steven S.
Hillsdale, NJ

Very well organized. I look forward to more presentations from this instructor.

Jonathan B.
Stratford, CT

interesting- I adopted- internationally, thank god. -2008- prior to these all new requirements.

pamela s.
Dothan, AL

She enjoys her work

george h.
Crawfordville, FL

In my opinion the presenter of this course was well-prepared. Thank you.

Stephen S.
clifton park, NY

thank you

Debra T.
Englewood, NJ

Excellent overview

Barbara L.
Norfolk, VA


Rebecca S.
Lakewood, CO

The written materials were very appreciated, especially the cartoons.

Walter M.
Chesterfield, VA

Very pleasant presenter with sound knowledge.

Deborah Lynn W.
potomac falls, VA

She was great - so straightforward and professional

Dana T.
Olney, MD


Ron V.
Greenwood Vil, CO

Very interesting topic.

Jeffrey M.
Houston, TX

Great course, very informative and some excellent practice pointers.

Joshua S.
New York, NY

presentation was informative, and presenter was quirky.

Carolyn S.
Louisville, KY

Very good presentation

sabrina k.
Manhattan, NY

Great instructor.

William S.
El Paso, TX

Excellent presentation.

Dominika S.
Glencoe, IL

Incredibly interesting.

William H.
Richmond, VA

Ms. Quinn delivers yet again. Thorough, detailed and knowledgeable.

Michael G.
Houston, TX

Helped a lot.

Dennis G.

Great down and dirty primary course on adoption.

Harrison F.
Houston, TX

Very good overview of federal adoption law.

Tiffany M.
Portland, OR

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.

Barbara B. C.
Ridgewood, NJ

Wonderful, clear and comprehensive treatment of the topic. Well done.

Kelly R.
Flagstaff, AZ

The speaker was very organized and knowledgeable. The best CLE presentation I've listened to on Lawline.

Catherine B.
Nashville, TN

Fabulous course.

Charles S.
Greenwood, SC

Very helpful overview of adoption.

Senna A.
Springfield, VA

Interesting topic in the light of changes in family law based on same-sex marriage

Eric M.
Hamilton, NJ

Very informative.

Martha B.
New York, NY


Camber H.
Garland, TX

Very informative!

kathleen s.
clifton, NJ


Marti G.
Forest Hills, NY

Ms. Quinn's presentation was exceptional, thorough and valuable.

Christian B.
Aurora, CO

Most informative course I have seen. Very well done.

Lynn B.
Raleigh, NC

Awesome overview. Well organized presentation.

casandra m.
Chicago, IL

Learned a lot, will use written materials when I need them . Through no need to take notes!

John N.
El Paso, TX

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.

Mary Jo B.
Magnolia, TX

Well done. Appreciated the interactive approach Ms. Quinn utilized and would welcome her as an instructor in future programs.

Charles C.
Irving, TX

Good presentation.

Kendra A.
Cordova, TN


Robert C.
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

instructor was easy to follow with power point.

Paul K.
Fort Lee, NJ

Speaker very clear and concise.

Marc F.
Morris Plains, NJ

Nice Overview.

Martin A.
Fort Lee, NJ

great course.

Sophia Z.
Boston, MA

She is a GREAT presenter!

Otis C.
Cleveland, TX

Very informative regarding federal and international issues and procedures-good overview!

Bryon M.
Yardley, PA

Well done. Difficult topic- complex materials but she did a balanced & thorough job

Larry A.
Salinas, CA


Richard L.
Austin, TX


P Brook S.
San Antonio, TX

Excellent speaker - intelligent and engaging.

Melissa Y.
Frisco, TX

good speaker, interesting topic

Sonja T.
Fayetteville, GA

Very informative. The speaker knows the subject matter well.

Cynthia C.
Charlotte, NC

Excellent overview.

Melanie B.
Dallas, TX

very good speaker. loved the cartoons and the power point was informative.

Fabian G.
Edinburg, TX

very good overview

Houston, TX

Great information

Robert Z C.

Awesome program! Very useful, even for adopting internationally.

Robert V.

Good materials to follow along.

Linda Wanell L.
Eatonton, GA


sharon m.
Chicago, IL

Very informative basis overview of Adoption Law

T. O.
Alexandria, VA

First Class presentation!

Derek W.
Shelbyville, KY

Well done.