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Citizenship Proceedings for Adopted Children: Pitfalls and Practice Tips

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Produced on March 19, 2018

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Course Information

Time 92 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

Adopting children from abroad can be a multi-year process that involves navigating both international legal procedures and the U.S. immigration process. High profile deportations of adoptees whose parents failed to secure them U.S. citizenship highlight the fact that immigration filings are a critical piece of this process as well. Even attorneys who only handle domestic adoptions may run afoul of Immigration laws unknowingly. Due to a change in the law, even if a child has been domiciled in the U.S. since birth, the immigration procedure must be resolved before the adoption is completed. Family law practitioners who handle any type of adoption will want to learn a simple test to determine if their domestic adoption requires an immigration consultation.

This program, taught by Karen Stoutamyer Law, a specialist in international adoptions, will review the fundamentals of citizenship for children involved in adoption proceedings in the U.S., including common problems that can arise, errors that attorneys often make, and practical advice on obtaining the best result for the parents and child.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Assist adoptive parents in domestic adoptions of foreign born children with the problems that may arise in obtaining lawful status
  2. Explain the implications of the Hague Adoption Convention on domestic and foreign adoptions
  3. Determine the appropriate pathways for immigration of adopted children who live abroad
  4. Explore alternatives to adoption for lawful status for adopted children, such as SIJS, VAWA, etc.
  5. Detail the requirements for citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit

Lawline reports attorney attendance in select states. View more about CLE reporting .

Faculty

Karen Stoutamyer Law

LawAdoption.com

Karen Stoutamyer Law is an adoption attorney practicing in Ashburn, Leesburg, Fairfax, Manassas, and Winchester Virginia. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1985 and became licensed in Virginia in that same year. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the Loudoun Chapter, Virginia Women Attorneys' Association. She was elected as an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in 2013. She served on the International Operations Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association for two years and has co-chaired the annual celebration of adoption, Loudoun Adoption Day, for eleven years.

Mrs. Law represents adoptive parents and birth parents in private, agency, international, step-parent, and relative adoptions. She has been certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a Guardian Ad Litem to represent the interests of children in adoptions throughout the Commonwealth. She often speaks at national conferences on intercountry adoption and has visited orphanages all over the world.



Reviews

CG
Cliff G.

thank you

HK
Hyunah K.

Nice presentation!

KZ
Katherine Z.

Excellent Presentation. Faculty Member was very knowledgeable and presented a number of relative fact patterns that helped us focus on very complicated procedures.

BS
Brenda S.

Very good speaker

NP
Natalie P.

I really enjoyed this presenter

ES
Elizabeth S.

Excellent presentation. One of the best I've seen.

KJ
Karimbumkara J.

The presenter was to the point and very knowledgeable and effective.

MM
Marguerite M.

excellent

KC
Kate C.

A great overview

MR
Michael R.

I really appreciated the detailed structure of walking things through step by step followed by case studies to apply what was just taught.

DK
Danice K.

Excellent presenter. Learned a great deal.

KF
Kevin F.

good

HA
Hirobumi A.

Quite informative!

WU
WILLIAM U.

Attorney Karen Stoutameyer's presentation on this complex area of Immigration Law was excellent. She is superbly qualified to provide instruction in this topic area and I was definitely impressed. Nice job.

JF
John F.

Very well done!!!

CA
Claude A.

Comprehensive.

JC
Jean C.

Very informative and easy to follow format. Presenter was knowledgeable and provided helpful tips and examples.

AL
Alfred L.

Best lecturer and seemingly a very decent person.

EA
Elisa A.

What a complicated area of law! Well presented, easy to understand. Very interesting.

MA
Marc A.

Timely information is always appreciated. Thank you.

LH
Lori H.

Presenter was exceptionally good and informative.

CA
Chartrisse A.

excellent

BJ
Betty Jane J.

Wonderful knowledgeable instructor.

SG
Suzanne G.

Very well presented

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William K.

I felt very personally connected to this course

TC
Tanya C.

Good course. Timely subject matter.

SE
Shaun E.

great presenter

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DONALD L.

GOOD SESSION

RO
Rosemary O.

Thank you Karen for providing adoption related CLE.

PM
Patrick M.

Very informative!

RB
Robert B.

Good

JP
Joe P.

thank you

SC
Stephen C.

Great audio! Very helpful for the topic I was interested in.

JH
Joseph H.

Good speaker

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