Adoption-What You Don't Know Can Hurt You-CD

Adoption-What You Don't Know Can Hurt You-CD

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Intercountry Adoption—What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

This 90 minute audio seminar was originally presented November 30, 2010.

The Hague Adoption Convention has created an entirely new mandatory procedure for some adoptions, eliminated the I-130 route for children already present in the U.S. from Mexico and certain other countries, and limited the attorney's traditional role in intercountry adoption—don't be caught off guard by these changes. Also, learn how to assist Haitian children admitted under Humanitarian Parole to obtain LPR status and US citizenship.

  • Haiti Earthquake Humanitarian Parolees: Obtaining LPR Status and Citizenship
  • Hague Adoption Update: Recent Legislation
  • Interplay of Special Immigrant Juvenile and Adoption
  • The I-130 case in Light of the Hague Adoption Convention
  • Options for Children Present in the US Who Are Citizens of the Hague Convention Partner Countries
  • Role of Attorney in Hague Adoption Convention Case

AILA has not applied for and is not administering CLE credit for this OnDemand program. However, CLE self-study credit may be available in your jurisdiction. Please check your jurisdiction’s CLE rules on the AILA CLE Center for more information.


Karen Stoutamyer Law (dl), Ashburn, VA

Karen Stoutamyer Law, of the Law Firm of Karen S. Law, PLC, practices law in Virginia. Her practice is limited to adoption and immigration law for adopted children. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1985. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. Mrs. Law frequently speaks on adoption and immigration at local and national conferences. She assists clients with I-130 filings, orphan visas, Hague visa applications, relative adoptions and citizenship filings.

Irene A. Steffas, Marietta, GA

Irene A. Steffas is an Approved Lady (Person) for incoming and outgoing convention cases under the InterCountry Adoption Act and The Hague Convention on Protection of Children & Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption; only three (3) attorneys have been designated as Approved Persons in the United States. In June 2009, the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs sent Steffas to Kyrgyzstan as a goodwill ambassador for international adoptions. Her practice is limited to adoption, surrogacy and immigration with an emphasis on intercountry adoption, including responding to NOIDs and denials issued by USCIS.

Dan H. Berger, Northampton, MA

Dan H. Berger has been a senior editor of the Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook since 2000, was an author/editor of the revised National Association of Foreign Student Advisers' Manual (2000), Editor-in-Chief of Immigration Options for Academics and Researcher (2005), and the Editor of the International Adoption Sourcebook. He is currently the vice chair of the AILA Healthcare committee and serves on the USCIS Benefits Liaison committee. He won the 1995 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual writing competition for an article on INS policies toward international adoptions. Mr. Berger practices at Curran & Berger in Northampton, MA.

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