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Untangling New York’s Adoption Law: A Practical Review

Total Credits
1 - 1.3
  • Online Access
  • Smartphone
  • iPad/iPod/Tablets
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Adopting a child takes tremendous persistence, fortitude and above all, patience. The area is rife with complications and the emotional elements of both adoptive and birth parents can create what may seem like insurmountable obstacles. This CLE course, geared to general practitioners, offers an overview of New York adoption law. Presented by Rachel Paras, Esq. who specializes in and teaches adoption law, this course will explore the specific legal definition of adoption, the various types of adoption and their procedures, identifying prospective adoptive children and their parents and the responsibilities and obligation of the parties.

The course will also discuss:

  • Legal Effect of Adoption/Confidentiality (DRL §117)
  • Section 374 of Social Services Law
  • Gay marriage law in New York and its impact on adoption

Lecturer Bio

Rachel R. Paras, Esq.

Rachel Paras, Esq. has been specializing in adoption law since 2006 and teaches courses on the subject as an adjunct professor. A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law where she was on the senior staff of Law Review and received numerous honors and accolades, Paras clerked for Honorable Frank Maas of the Southern District of New York and acted as a Litigation Associate in corporate civil defense.

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