Summer Adoption Law Institute

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    August 4 - August 8, 2014

    Columbus, Ohio


    Join fellow law students from across the country in this intensive weeklong course dedicated to adoption law and related child protection issues. Learn about such topics as: the history of adoption law, the adoption process, wrongful adoptions, the impact of artificial reproductive technology, second parent adoptions, and much more! Hear from exciting guest speakers with expert knowledge in specific practice areas such as the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. Listen to adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share their personal journeys through the adoption process.

    Professors Fawn Gadel and Megan Heydlauff will co-teach the class. The class format includes discussion of issues from academic and practitioner perspectives, and guest lecturers on several key topics.

    With approval of their home institutions, students from law schools across the country may enroll as visiting or transient students. Financial Aid may be available through the home law school. 

    TEXTBOOK:  ADOPTION LAW: THEORY, POLICY, AND PRACTICE (Second Edition) by Cynthia Mabry and Lisa Kelly (Hein 2010). There will also be additional materials handed out in class. 


    Continuing Education Credit  
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    Continuing Education Credit 


    If you have general questions, please email or call 614.236.6730.


    Credits: 5.0 Monday - Thursday; 3.5 Friday 

    $100 per day - Private Attorneys Seeking CLE credit
    $80 per day - Government/Non-profit Attorneys Seeking CLE credit
    $50 per day - Social Workers and Counselors (Our approved provider number is RCS071302)

    To register click here.


    Monday, August 4th – Thursday, August 7th (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)

    Friday, August 8th (8:30 am - 12:15 pm)


    • History of Child Welfare and Adoption Law in the United States
    • Constitutional Rights in the Family Context
    • Protection of Interests: Prerequisites to Adoption Notice and Consent Requirements
    • Termination of Parental Rights
    • Parties to an Adoption
    • Special Issues related to: Stepparent Adoption; Kinship Adoptions; Single Parent Adoptions
    • The Adoption Process
    • Final Adoption Decrees
    • Open Adoption
    • Confidentiality and Records in Adoption
    • Post-Adoption Contact
    • Disrupted and Wrongful Adoptions
    • Agency Misconduct
    • Historical background of cultural issues in the context of adoption
    • Multiethnic Placement Act and enforcement (MEPA)
    • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
    • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
    • International Adoption
    • Immigration
    • Adoption of Special Needs Children and Subsidies
    • Adoption by Same-Sex Couples (Second Parent and Co-Parenting)
    • Frozen Embryos and the Impact of Artificial Reproductive Technology on Adoption Law
    • Current Issues in Adoption Law