Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
Since the earthquake hit Haiti in January 2010, our firm has received multiple inquiries from people interested in adopting Haitian orphans. While it is likely that adoptions from Haiti will resume eventually, no new applications are being accepted at this time. Instead, child welfare advocates around the globe agree that the best practice is to search for relatives and local caregivers for children in Haiti, while helping the nation of Haiti to rebuild and implement an improved child welfare system.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute recently convened to hold “Building a Strong Foundation for Children and Families of Haiti“, at which international experts came together to discuss and brainstorm about most effective ways to serve Haiti’s children and families.
Adoptions that were in process prior to the earthquake continue. Some families were able to bring their children home through humanitarian parole, a short-term allocation that made it possible for children already identified and in the process of being adopted, to immigrate to the United States without first being adopted in Haiti. Instead the initial adoptions of these children are taking place in the US.
Friday, June 4th, 2010
On May 1, 2010, partner Ruth Claiborne, associate attorney Amy Wallas and senior paralegal Toni Treadway participated in RESOLVE’s 1st Annual Family Building Conference, held in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
Ruth spoke to attendees about surrogacy. Her presentation included information about screening and finding gestational carriers, the importance of having a surrogacy consultation with an experienced attorney, the Gestational Agreement, the pitfalls of traditional surrogacy and court orders and hospital protocols.
Amy spoke about grassroots adoption, including finding a birth mother through networking, how to create a great profile and the pitfalls of relying on the Internet and virtual agencies.
Toni staffed the Claiborne & Surmay table, fielding questions from attendees about the firm’s family building services. The event was a huge success and several lucky winners went home with valuable prizes such as IVF treatments.
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
Ruth Claiborne was a featured speaker at the ABA Family Law Section 2010 Spring CLE conference in New Orleans. Her talk focused on surrogacy and she participated in a debate about assisted reproductive technologies.