For some women having a child is the single most important issue they face as adults. Each year thousands of women rely on the medical technology, including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which provides them with the opportunity to have a child. As a result of IVF there are over six hundred thousand embryos being cryopreserved in the United States. Where the embryos were created using the gametes of the woman’s partner or spouse, and that relationship disrupts, the legal obstacles that prevent her from using the embryos to have a child may be her biggest challenge yet, even when the embryos represent the woman’s only opportunity to have a genetically related child.
This course is presented by Nina Rumbold & Denise Seidelman, partners in the law firm of Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP which concentrates in reproductive law, together with Joni Mantell, LCSW, a psychotherapist and the Executive Director of the Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center.
Denise E. Seidelman, Esq. is a Partner in the firm of Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP and has been practicing exclusively in the areas of adoption and reproductive law since 1996. Denise is a member of the leading organizations in the adoption and reproductive law fields including: The Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction (AAAA), where she was a Trustee of the Board from 2016-2020. She is also on the Board of the New York Academy for Adoption and Assisted Reproduction (NYAAFF) and on the Emeritus Board of the Family Equality Council.
Denise is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Washington College of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and also admitted to practice before the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Denise assisted in drafting Child Parent Security Act, which updates New York State parentage law to provide legal security for children born through Third Party Reproduction. She has lectured on Adoption Law and Reproductive Law as a member of the faculties of the ABA Family Law Section, Practicing Law Institute, the New York Judicial Institute, the Center For Adoption Policy, and the New York City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education.
Nina E. Rumbold, Esq., is a Partner in the firm of Rumbold & Seidelman, LLP practicing exclusively in the areas of adoption and reproductive law. Nina is a member of the leading organizations in the adoption and reproductive law fields including: The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AARTA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association.
Nina received her Juris Doctor degree from New York University Law School and is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. She has lectured on Adoption Law and Reproductive Law as a member of the faculties of the ABA Family Law Section, Practicing Law Institute, the New York Judicial Institute and the New York City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education. She is also a regular speaker at the Adoptive Parents Committee annual conference.
A current member and former President of New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation (NYAAFF), an organization which advocates for legislative reform in the areas of adoption and reproductive law, Nina is a major contributor to The Child-Parent Security Act, proposed legislation which seeks to reform New York’s laws regarding the parentage of children born through assisted reproductive technology.
Joni S. Mantell, LCSW, Director of the IAC Center is a psychotherapist and recognized authority on the psychological and social aspects of family building through fertility treatments, sperm and egg donation, gestational carrier arrangements and adoption.
She holds an MSW degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certification in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in NYC. She has specialized in fertility and adoption since 1993.
In 2002 she founded the Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center in New Jersey and New York City to provide a safe and professionally guided place for people whose lives have been touched by adoption, fertility treatments, and third party reproductive options. Counselors at the Center are trained in a unique lifelong short-term therapy model developed by IAC Center Director Joni Mantell. This model successfully teaches people coping skills to deal with the emotional, social and relationship issues that may occur during the family building process and over the course of the life cycle. The Center also works with all adoption triad members and provides open adoption mediations.
Ms. Mantell also does the psychosocial evaluations for two local Fertility Clinics for patients planning to use donor sperm or egg, or gestational carriers; and in this context has also worked with a hundreds of heterosexual and same-sex couples; and singles considering these options.
Ms. Mantell is a frequent writer and contributor to the "Ask the Expert" column for Adoptive Families magazine where she is particularly known for her expertise in helping individuals and couples to emotionally ‘Cross the Bridge to Adoption’; and for her capacities to integrate and to differentiate adoption, child development and other psychological issues in her understanding of each individual and family situation. Most recently she wrote the “Open Adoption Reference Guide” for the magazine.
She is an active Professional member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, RESOLVE and the American Fertility Association.
To learn more about Joni and the IAC Center please visit: www.IACCenter.com
Excellent, informative presentation. Thank you for your thoughtful analysis.
I thought this was very interesting and well presented.
The presenters merely read the material. I could have done that on my own.
Very knowledgeable. Great speakers.
Very informative and interesting
Excellent CLE. Very informative, and nice overview of how different jurisdictions handle preserved embryos and which partner has the right to their use or destruction.
This was the most interesting one of these that I have listened to.
Extremely balanced and well presented
Really good presentation
Very interesting topic
Very interesting program & well-done
Very informative and explained very well. I do not practice in this area, but the presenters conveyed the information in a way that was easily understood.