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Alternatives to Family Trees, Baby Albums and Heritage Projects at School

If you are an adoptive parent, you are not alone if you dread school Family Tree projects or “When I Was a Baby” assignments. When my oldest son Keith started Pre-K, I thought we would have a little grace time before we ran into one of those. But…

Second-Parent Adoptions - Advanced Issues

I recently wrote about why married same-sex couples, particularly female couples who conceive their child using anonymous donor sperm, still should complete a second-parent adoption. I want to look at some other forms of family formation here, and ad…

Second-parent adoptions: Do I still need to do one after Obergefell?

The question comes up eventually. Whether I am doing a talk specifically for LGBT parents or at a meet-up of same-sex families like mine, a mother will ask me: Do I really need to do a second-parent adoption? Still? The “still” is because of Ober…

Religious Freedom Laws and the License to Discriminate

This post originally appeared in the Expert Advice section on the great site Gays with Kids. I was in my office this past June when the Supreme Court (finally) held that the right to marry extends to same-sex couples with the Obergefell decision. I…

Four Things You Must Put in Your Adoption Profile

Making an adoption profile seems overwhelming when you are first putting it together.  It’s easy to get lost in choosing the perfect picture or just the right words.  Here are four simple tips that will help you find your way:  1.  New pict…

What the Recent SCOTUS Ruling Means for New Yorkers

This post originally ran on the blog of the New York Legal Assistance Group, and was co-authored with staff attorney Anya Mukarji-Connolly.  The historic United States Supreme Court ruling that has legalized same-sex marriage sends a strong message…

Brian is now licensed to practice law in Wisconsin

I am pleased to announce that I am now licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. I look forward to working with New York families who are building their families through surrogacy in Illinois and Wisconsin – two states with favorable laws for inte…

Top 12 Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Stories of 2014 - Part 2

As promised, here is the second part of my round up of the biggest stories of the year.  Follow me on Twitter, where I post almost every day, for all of the latest news as it happens.  7.  Thailand abruptly halts international surrogacy.  Amid r…

Top 12 Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Stories of 2014 - Part 1

This has been a big year for adoption and assisted reproduction in the news.  Here is the first half the run down of the biggest stories of 2014.  To stay on top of all of the latest news, follow me on Twitter. 1.  Jimmy Fallon welcomes a second…

Second-Parent Adoption Following Surrogacy

I’ve written before about why a non-biological parent in married same-sex couples should complete second adoption, even if both parents are on named on the child’s birth certificate.  Most families have no trouble getting a court to grant the ad…
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