Adoption Law Seminar

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Upper-Level Writing
"W" Writing
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Seminar - 3rd Year Priority

Family ties can be created by biology, commitment, and/or law. This seminar will address many of the pressing issues that arise when adoptive families are created by law. Topics may include the adoption process (and the differences between agency and independent or private adoptions); the form, timing and revocability of parental consent to the adoption; placement criteria (including the race and sexual orientation of the adoptive parent); the legal effects of adoption; confidentiality versus open adoption; step-parent and second-parent adoptions; and alternatives to adoption.