Ethical Representation of the Placing Parents in Adoptions (Update)
Created on December 10, 2020
Adoptions are unique with regard to the receipt and sharing of confidential information, and with regards to the need to avoid conflicts of interest in representation. Adoption can be fraught with emotions, and every party needs to be considering the best interest of the minor who is being placed for adoption, which can be a recipe for ethical pitfalls.
In this practical program, taught by Colleen Quinn, attorneys will learn how to ethically and effectively represent a placing parent in an adoption - starting with the initial meeting with the client, through the adoptive placement, and thereafter.
- Identify applicable rules of ethics and professional conduct
- Draft retainer agreement and conflict of interest forms properly in order to be paid by the adoptive parents but represent the placing parent
- Use a checklist to ensure that you cover all important and necessary items when meeting with the placing parent
- Ensure compliance with applicable federal laws including the Indian Child Welfare Act
- Review the choice of laws and the interstate approval process in interstate adoptions
- Spot red flags and other potential hurdles in the adoptive placement
- Gather necessary medical and background information
- Assist in the hospital process
- Create workable ongoing contact agreements
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