Adoptions for Orphans and Family Members

Adoptions for Orphans and Family Members

Adoptions for Orphans and Family Members - Recording (CLE Included)
Event Date: 01/25/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Seminar 90 minutes Yes

International adoptions are complex, and invalid adoptions can easily result in denials of status. In addition to satisfying the adoption requirements in the foreign country, there are state rules to contend with as well. Another critical component is making sure the adoption complies with the terms of the Hague Convention for International Adoptions. The expert faculty on this intermediate panel will discuss age limits, physical and legal custody requirements, and home studies.

Featured Topics

  • Hague and Non-Hague Convention Issues
  • Orphan Adoptions vs. Family Member Adoptions
  • Home Study Reports
  • Alternatives to Adoptions: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ) or Other Relief (Usually in Context of Family Member Adoption)
  • Is It Possible to Backdate Adoptions?
  • Citizenship for Adopted Children

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Dan H. Berger (DL), AILA Editor, International Adoption and Other Immigration Options for Children, 2nd ed., Northampton, MA
Dan Berger is a partner at the immigration law firm of Curran, Berger & Kludt in Northampton, MA. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, on the Legal Advisory Board of the Presidents’ Alliance on Immigration & Higher Education, on the Legal Advisory Council of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, and a member of the USCIS Liaison Committee and also the newly formed Afghanistan Task Force for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). This year, he co-edited updates of Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers and the International Adoption Sourcebook for AILA. Dan developed his interest in immigration at Harvard University, where he studied immigration history and taught English to adult refugees. Dan graduated from Cornell Law School and has been an immigration attorney for over 20 years.

Gretchen Korb-Nice, AILA Editor, International Adoption and Other Immigration Options for Children, 2nd ed., Seattle, WA
Gretchen Korb-Nice is a partner with the law firm of Holman Cahill in Seattle, WA. She is an experienced immigration, adoption, and family law attorney, with a particular interest in immigration avenues for youth and children. She is a frequent presenter on the intersection of immigration and adoption and is a member of the Washington State UC Task Force. Ms. Korb-Nice received her J.D. from Seattle University (2007) and an M.S.Ed from Simmons College (2000).

Tifany Markee, San Diego, CA
San Diego immigration attorney Tifany Markee received her Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude in May of 2001. She was also published in the California Western International Law Journal with an article on the Russian mail-order bride industry and the Violence Against Women Act, an article which won her an award for outstanding writing. Tifany was sworn into the California State Bar in December of 2001 and is licensed to practice law within the State of California. Tifany is also a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Board of Legal Specialization within the California State Bar. She represents clients before USCIS, the US State Department, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Administrative Appeals Office, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Federal District Courts.

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