New York Second and Step Parent Adoption: An Overview

(57 Ratings)

Produced on: June 23, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 54 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

This program, presented by attorney Anthony M. Brown, will discuss all aspects of the legal journey that New York couples, particularly LGBT couples, can expect to encounter as they secure legal parentage for non-biological parents in New York with a Second or Step Parent Adoption.

Topics will range from the jurisdictional ability of the court to issue these adoption orders, the practicalities and logistics of a Second or Step Parent Adoption, surrogacy and Pre-Birth Orders from other states, the ability to be on a birth certificate in New York, the documentation required to secure a non-biological parent's rights during the Second or Step Parent Adoption process, the effect of your marital status on these proceedings, the importance of comprehensive Estate Planning to complete the protection process and individuals, and the ethics of joint representation in a Second or Step Parent Adoption.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Gain a comprehensive overview of the step and second parent adoption in New York
  2. Explore obstacles that LGBT couples might face in the second or step parent adoption process
  3. Discuss the importance of comprehensive estate planning and its relation to the adoption process
  4. Review potential ethical issues associated with joint representation in second or step parent adoption


Anthony Brown

Chianese & Reilly Law, PC

Anthony currently is a senior associate with the law firm of Chianese & Reilly Law, P.C., heading their Family and Estates Law division serving married and unmarried individuals, couples and families in Manhattan and on Long Island. Anthony is the Chairman Emeritus of Men Having Babies, a non-profit organization created to assist gay men looking to create families through surrogacy with educational and financial assistance. Anthony was the Executive Director of The Wedding Party and was a Board member since its inception in 1999. The Wedding Party was a non-profit educational organization that educated the public about marriage and its importance to all citizens through outreach programs and strategic media placement. Anthony is the founder of, a web environment dedicated to assisting gay and lesbian couples create their own families. Anthony is also a legal consultant for Family By Design, a co-parenting information and matching website.

Anthony worked as a legal intern for Lambda Legal in the summer of 2002. While there, he helped to prepare briefing for the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas and his research was quoted specifically in Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's concurring opinion. Anthony also worked as a law guardian at The Children’s Law Center, representing the legal needs of children in Brooklyn Family Court. Anthony graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where he served as research assistant to Nan Hunter, the founder of The Gay and Lesbian Project at the ACLU.

Anthony is a member of The Family Law Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association and the committee for assisted reproduction of the American Bar Association. Anthony and his husband were the subjects of CNN's, "In America, Gary and Tony Have a Baby," a 2010 documentary about their journey of having a child through surrogacy. Anthony was the 2016 recipient of the Gay City News Impact Award.


Zoraida G.

Very informative

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