12:45 pm Introduction and Adoption Law Basics
Susan K. Sapp, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP, Lincoln
Overview of basic adoption law including current case law, issues
regarding open adoption, ethical issues in representing parties to an adoption, same sex adoption and birth parent reimbursement.
1:15 pm Understanding Birthfather Rights and Notice Obligations
Susan K. Sapp
Understand the different categories of putative fathers, adjudicated fathers, fathers with familial relationships, and married fathers and learn when they require notice, how to provide notice and what notice is required for best practices.
2:00 pm How To’s for Locating Birth Fathers
Laurie Montag, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP, Lincoln
Learn how to use public records and various websites to locate birth fathers to satisfy the due diligence obligation to notify all putative fathers.
2:15 pm How to Prepare and File an International Adoption Petition
Tami Rager, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP, Lincoln
Nuts and bolts of what documents are necessary from the foreign country, how to respond to the word “readoption,” how to deal with translation issues, and what is required to be filed with the petition to finalize an international adoption.
2:30 pm Break
|2:45 pm Interstate Adoption and ICPC Compliance
Deanna Brakhage, DHHS Adoption Specialist
Learn from the Interstate Compact on the Placement of
Children (ICPC) office what the biggest mistakes lawyers
and agencies make when submitting a case for ICPC approval, what the ICPC office is looking for to give approval, and how same-sex adoption and ICWA are viewed by Nebraska’s ICPC office.
3:15 pm About Homestudies and Agency Adoption
Kim Anderson, Nebraska Children’s Home Society
Prepare your clients for their homestudy process by understanding what a homestudy actually consists of, when approval is given and why, and how lawyers can best work cooperatively with agencies to provide the best representation to parties to an adoption.
3:45 pm Assisted Reproduction Primer and Matters
of Birth Certificates for Intended Parents
Kelly Tollefsen, Kelly Tollefsen Law, Lincoln
Learn the different types of assisted reproduction scenarios and how parentage is achieved in surrogacy cases, sperm donation cases, and gestational carrier cases and learn how to negotiate agreements for surrogates and gestational carriers.
4:15 pm How to File a Stepparent Adoption
Susan K. Sapp
Overview of the steps to file a stepparent adoption, from client intake to the finalization hearing
4:45 pm Special Issues in State Ward Adoptions
Karin Walton, Thomas & Walton, Lincoln
Hear best practices to address special issues arising in state ward adoptions and adoptions finalized in juvenile court.
5:00 pm Adjourn