Adoption Options for Children Present in the United States-Downloadable Recording

Adoption Options for Children Present in the United States-Downloadable Recording

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Recording Date 10/13/15
02:00 PM (EST)
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format Audio Seminar
SKU AS2015-10-13-DL

Foreign nationals frequently contact attorneys to assist them in filing for lawful permanent resident status for an adopted child (often a relative) already present in the United States. In some cases they have already obtained the domestic adoption. This area of the law is fraught with difficulty because of the interplay between The Hague Adoption Convention and state law. Learn how to avoid RFEs by filing the correct forms and how to salvage a case when the domestic adoption order has already been entered.

Featured Topics

  • The Latest Interpretation of Nunc Pro Tunc Orders: Matter of Huang (July 8, 2015)
  • Habitual Residence of the Child Determinations for Children Who Are Citizens of Hague Adoption Convention Countries
  • What to Do When the Central Authority Won't Respond: Interim Policy Memorandum 602-0095
  • Salvaging a Case When the State Adoption Order Has Been Entered Without Consideration of The Hague Adoption Convention
  • Adoptions by Non-USCs
  • Interplay Between SIJS and Adoption for UACs

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Dan H. Berger (dl), Northampton, MA
Dan Berger is a frequent speaker at colleges, universities, and nonprofits on immigration issues. He won the 1995 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual writing competition for an article on INS policies toward international adoptions. Mr. Berger has also 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 now the new edition 2011), and the Editor of the International Adoption Sourcebook. He currently is Vice Chair of the AILA Healthcare Committee and a member of the AILA Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, having previously served in many liaison positions.

Jessica L. Gordon, Atlanta, GA
Jessica Gordon is the managing attorney at The Law Office of Jessica L. Gordon, LLC. Jessica is President of the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers, is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Jessica received her J.D. from Georgetown University and Clerked on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Jessica specializes in child-related immigration, adoption, and ARTs law.

C.J. Lyford, Lafayette Hill, PA
C.J. Lyford has been practicing adoption and immigration law as a solo attorney in Pennsylvania since 1997. In particular she focuses on providing consultation and representation service to adopting families, agencies and others throughout the U.S. and abroad to assist in the adoption and immigration of foreign born children living outside the U.S. or within the U.S. She also handles domestic adoptions cases in Pennsylvania. She serves on the USCIS International Operations Committee for AILA and is the co-chair of the Immigration Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association. She is the adoptive mother of a child from China who is now a junior in college. More information is available at her website at

Tifany Markee, San Diego, CA
Tifany E. Markee received her J.D. in May 2001 from California Western School of Law. She is a Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law (by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization), and a partner at Milner & Markee, LLP in San Diego, CA. In addition to her business-related immigration practice, she is one of a small handful of attorneys across the nation with an active practice in International Adoption. She is an active lecturer/ mentor in this field, and a frequent invited speaker at law schools and professional organizations including AILA, ACAL, AAAA, and LACBA. Recently, she served on the AILA/ USCIS International Operations Committee. Finally, Ms. Markee is the proud mother of two internationally-adopted children.

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