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Who Should I Pick To Be the Guardian of My Child?

A lot of families put off drafting wills because they can’t decide who they want to be the guardian of their child.  They know they need to be prepared, but they get hung up on this very important life decision.  I have a few basic rules that I s… Read More
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Do I Really Need a Sperm Donor Agreement?

When I talk to potential clients considering using a known sperm donor (especially lesbian couples), I often get two questions:  “Can’t I just do the donor agreement myself?” No. “Do I really need a sperm donor agreement?R… Read More
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Introducing Jason!

My husband Kevin and I were pleased to welcome our second son Jason on April 2nd!  He weighed 7 lbs 11 oz and was 19 inches long.  Jason was full term, unlike our older son Keith who was 8 weeks premature.  We’ve been learning about how ful… Read More
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The Downton Abbey Adoption Plotline

Spoiler Alert!  If you’re an avid Downton fan and you’re behind on the show, stop reading now.  As I watched the Downton Abbey season finale on Sunday, I was intrigued by Lady Edith’s adoption plotline.  The story is remarkably sympathetic a… Read More
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Brian Discusses ART and Surrogacy with Kelly Ellison

I was pleased to be invited by Kelly Ellison of Your Adoption Finance Coach to be a guest on her Internet radio program.  We had a great conversation where we discussed the basics of assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy.   Kelly has a ter… Read More
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Brian Is Now Part of Family Equality Council's "Ask the Experts" Panel

I am honored that Family Equality Council has asked me to be part of their “Ask the Experts” panel.  I will be answering questions about immigration and citizenship as they relate to LGBT families.   I look forward to helping bi-nationa… Read More
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Modernizing US Citizenship Laws Regarding Assisted Reproduction

There’s good news for US citizens living abroad who use assisted reproductive technology to build their families!  For years the State Department has required that a child born outside of the United States be genetically related to the US citizen… Read More
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Cutting Through the Confusion About Second-Parent Adoptions in New York

A judge in Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court recently sent shockwaves through the community with the decision refusing to grant a second-parent adoption for the non-biological mom in a married lesbian couple.  Her reasoning was New York law already recog… Read More
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International Adoption News

In the last few weeks there has been a flurry of news about countries that have or had significant inter-country adoption programs.  I’ve tweeted about these updates as they hit the web, but it’s useful to consolidate them into one post.  First… Read More
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NPRGate and the Adoption Triad

 Last week NPR aired a story about transracial adoption and the Melissa Harris-Perry gaffe. NPR generated almost as much controversy for failing to include any transracially adopted adults in its segment as Ms. Harris-Perry did for offering up for m… Read More
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