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Ethical Representation of the Placing Parents in Adoptions (Update)

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Produced on December 10, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 33m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Family & Matrimonial

Course Description

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.   

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify applicable rules of ethics and professional conduct
  2. Draft retainer agreement and conflict of interest forms properly in order to be paid by the adoptive parents but represent the placing parent
  3. Use a checklist to ensure that you cover all important and necessary items when meeting with the placing parent
  4. Ensure compliance with applicable federal laws including the Indian Child Welfare Act
  5. Review the choice of laws and the interstate approval process in interstate adoptions
  6. Spot red flags and other potential hurdles in the adoptive placement
  7. Gather necessary medical and background information
  8. Assist in the hospital process
  9. Create workable ongoing contact agreements

Credit Information

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Colleen Quinn

Locke & Quinn

Honored with the inaugural 2019 VLW Influential Women in Virginia (Va Lawyer's Weekly), top “Women in the Law” (in Family Law & Personal Injury 2016-20), "The Best Lawyers in America” (U.S. News & World Report 2015-21), AAAA 2018 “President’s Award,”  2017 “Adoption Attorney of the Year” (Lawyers Monthly magazine), 2017 MRWBA Women of Achievement Award, 2016 Richmond NAWBO “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, 2015 Virginia State Bar Family Law Service award, “Virginia’s Top Rated Lawyers” (2012-20) by Law.com and Legal Leaders, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by National Trial Lawyers (2012-18), the 2011 YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law & Government, the 2011 “Hats Off to Women Award” by the ABWA Cavalier Chapter, “Super Lawyers” Top 100 (2020, 2019, 2013, 2012))/Top 50 (2011) in Virginia, Top 50 (2012-20)/Top 25 (2010 & 2011) Female in Virginia, and Top 50 (2020, 2019, 2013)/Top 25 (2012)(Richmond), by Richmond magazine, Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (Virginia Business, 2019-20, 2010-17, 2005), VLW 2009 “Leader in the Law," 2008 Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award, and a “Super Lawyer” by Richmond magazine (2006-20), Colleen Marea Quinn also is a partner and equity owner in the law firm of Locke & Quinn, which received the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents “2015 Litigator Award” (on CNN) and “Best Law Firms in America” 2015-2021 (US News & World Report). She and her firm have achieved an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell by both peers and the judiciary and "Client Champion" rating by clients. She is the Founder and Host of the “Raising the Bar” Greater RVA Law Talk Radio Show and Director of the Quinn Law Centers at Locke & Quinn including the Women’s Injury Law Center, the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center, and the QLC Internship program. Quinn practices personal injury, medical malpractice, employment, family formation (including adoption & surrogacy) and estate planning law and is admitted to the practice in all state and federal courts in Virginia. She also has a background in commercial litigation and insurance coverage issues.

Quinn graduated from the University of Virginia (JD 1988) and William and Mary (BA 1985) and served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Harry L. Carrico, Chief Justice, Virginia Supreme Court 1988. She is a Fellow and 2016-17 President of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (“AAAA”) having served on the AAAA Board from 2007-11 & 2013-18 and in numerous Officer, Chair and Conference Chair positions. She serves/has served on numerous Boards: Virginia Law Foundation, Virginia Family Law Coalition, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter (Past-President), Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board (Past-Secretary, Women of Excellence Co-Chair four years), Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association (Past-President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary, JCE Chair), Richmond Women’s Business Consortium (Past-Chairman), Family Formation Charitable Trust (2016-2018), Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Employment/Civil Rights Section Co-Chair 2012-14, 1999-01, Public Affairs Co-Chair 2011-12, Pro Bono Co-Chair 2010-2011, Diversity Chair 2003-04, CLE, Convention, Amicus, Insurance, and Long Range Plan Amicus Committees), Creating a Family Board (2013-16), United Way Women’s Leadership Council (2012-17), CW of VA Girl Scouts Board (2014+, Treasurer), and the Richmond YWCA (Past-President, Advisory Council). Ms. Quinn is a member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, VEBA, ACLU, Equality VA and Gay RVA. She is a Fellow of the LCA, and a member of ASRM, ABA, RBA, VSB, and the AAJ. She speaks and publishes frequently with over 500 presentations and publications.

She contributes/has contributed to AHA Go Red for Women (Executive Leadership Team; Ruby/COR Vitae), VSDV Action Alliance, Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, & LINC, is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, a Lifetime Girl Scout member and, in her spare time, scuba dives, plays tennis, cycles, mountain bikes and teaches aerobics.


Margaret M.

very well informed lecturer

Devon D.

appreciated the solicitation of comments at the beginning of the course.

Michael A. B.

Exceptionally well presented program.

Barbara L.

Great update!

Krista E.

This was a very informative program and the presenter was excellent.

Joan C.

such an emotionally taxing but also potentially rewarding area of practice - thank you to the presenter for sharing some of that as it made the program particularly engaging.

John M.

Very educational and entertaining.

Jim B.

Excellent CLE with many practical "war stories" to further thought on this practice area.

Cynthia C.

Colleen Quinn has been one of the best adoption attorneys in VA for as long as I have been practicing (over 20 years) -she is awesome!

Jennie W.

Excellent presentation, thank you!!

karen s.


Wendy A.

Great presentation!

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