NCALP News

  • National Center for Adoption Law & Policy hosts successful Autumn Wine Celebration benefit

    On Friday, October 12, the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy (NCALP) held its ninth Autumn Wine Celebration fundraiser at The Bluestone in downtown Columbus. Guests sampled a wide assortment of The Hess Collection wine, poured by the expert staff from The Wine Bistro, gourmet hors d'oeuvres and enjoyed a S’mores bar. Guests also bid on silent auction items, had fun with the Photo Booth and enjoyed jazz music provided by Capital University music students.

    As a new feature of this year’s event, the Center presented hand-blown glass “Champion Awards” to those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in the areas of child welfare and adoption law, policy, and practice. 

    The Center would like to especially thank our event sponsors: The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption; Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP; Cloppert, Sauter, Latnick & Washburn; Freund, Freeze & Arnold; Kessler & Ballenger Co., L.P.A.; The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc.; Law Office of Jack G. Gibbs, Jr.; Law offices of Jay E. Michael; Stebelton, Aranda & Snider and Maguire & Schneider and Carlile Patchen & Murphy for their contributions to help underwrite the event. NCALP would also like to thank The Wine Bistro, The Hess Collection, Harcar Photography and Encore Entertainment for partnering with the Center on a successful event.

    The profits generated through the Autumn Wine Celebration raised crucial funds to support the Center’s work to improve child welfare and adoption law, practices, and policies so that all children – especially those who have been abused or neglected or are dependent on the state for their care – can have healthy, safe, and stable homes.

    Autumn Wine 2012 Collage 


    Moot Court Competition

    The 8th Annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law hosted by NCALP and Capital University Law School will be held on March 15 & 16th, 2013. The preliminary rounds will be held at the Ohio Statehouse, while the final rounds will be held at the Supreme Court of Ohio. This year, the competition problem will focus on the topic: “Contested Adoptions: Whose Interests Prevail?” Thus far, we have 20 teams signed up from all over the country, including: Baylor Law School, Florida Coastal School of Law, the University of San Diego School of Law and Capital University Law School. For more information on the event, or to sign up to volunteer, visit the competition website.


    National Adoption Day

    NCALP celebrates National Adoption Day in Franklin County Probate Court on Friday, November 16, 2012. Six families will finalize their children’s adoptions through Franklin County Children’s Services. Students from the Foster Youth Advocacy Center (FYAC) participated in electronic filing of case documents, and will attend the hearings in court. FYAC students will also have the opportunity to question the prospective adoptive parents in court as part of the finalization process.

    National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. Locally, NCALP is collaborates with Franklin County Children Services, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Nationwide Insurance, and the Public Children Services Association of Ohio in sponsoring the National Adoption Day celebration.