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Adoption Law Certification

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Definition

Adoption law is the practice of law dealing with the complexities and legalities of interstate and intrastate adoption placements, including civil controversies arising from termination of the biological parents’ parental rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and interstate placements. In addition to the actual adoption placement, “adoption law" includes evaluating, handling, and resolving such controversies prior to the placement of a child for adoption and all post placement proceedings. The practice of adoption law in the state of Florida is generally unique in that decisional, statutory, and procedural laws are specific to this state.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements. PDF document opens in new window

Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

To download an application, click on the appropriate application. You will be asked if you would like to "Open" or "Save" the file (MSWord). It is advisable to save the file to your computer for future reference. Type in your responses on the application and print a copy. Attach any required documents, enclose the $250 application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.

Board Certification CLE credit hours are now available online. Visit www.floridabar.org/certification and click “New! Check Your Board Certification CLE Credits” to view and print a record of your current certification credit hours.

Seeking Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the
Initial Application for Certification Word document opens in new window filing period opens July 1, 2014 and applications along with appropriate addendum(s) must be postmarked by August 31, 2014. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2015 Adoption Law Exam.

You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification Word document opens in new window only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2054 Adoption Law Exam the abbreviated application must be postmarked by August 31, 2014.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2013, which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2014 Adoption Law Exam.

2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2013 which was approved, you took the 2014 Adoption Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2013 and 2014 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2015 Adoption Law exam, but you may reapply in 2015 for the 2016 certification exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)

Application Addendums
Pursuant to Rule 6-28.3(b), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, each applicant must demonstrate substantial involvement in a minimum of 50 adoption placements in circuit courts, or a minimum of 15 contested adoption proceedings or appeals within the 5-year period immediately preceding the date of application.

Pursuant to Policy 4.01, Adoption Law Certification Committee Policies, the requirement may also be demonstrated by submitting a combination of placements and contested proceedings/appeals.

You will need to complete the proper form for each placement or contested proceeding / appeal. PLEASE REFER TO RULE 6-28.3(b) and Policy 4.01, Adoption Law Certification Committee Policies, FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION REGARDING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADOPTION LAW CERTIFICATION.

Applicants demonstrating substantial involvement in Adoption Placements should complete an Exhibit B-1 Word document opens in new window worksheet for each placement in accordance with Rule 6-28.3(c).

Applicants demonstrating substantial involvement in Contested Adoption Proceedings/Appeals should complete an Exhibit B-2 Word document opens in new window worksheet for each proceeding / appeal in accordance with Rules 6-28.3(c).

**Note that one form should be completed for EACH placement or contested proceeding/ appeal.**

General Information:
Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window

Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Adoption Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-28

Adoption Law Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window

Adoption Law Committee members

Adoption Law CLE PDF document opens in new window
    Note: This list includes courses occurring April 30, 2010 through 2014 which have been pre-approved or may be approved by The Florida Bar for adoption law CLE credit. Other courses not on this list may be submitted for adoption law CLE credit by completing the appropriate Applications for CLE Credit. These forms should be submitted to the Vicki Simmons, Bar Staff Liaison, via email at vsimmons@flabar.org for consideration. Please refer to Rule 6-28.3(e) and the 200 Series of the Standing Committee Policies for complete information regarding the CLE requirement.
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Adoption Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Vicki B. Simmons
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-3141
vsimmons@flabar.org

Adoption Law Certification Field Established 2009

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[Revised: 07-08-2014]