The Florida Bar
Adoption Law Certification

Certified Attorneys


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

Board Certification CLE credit reports are available online. Log in to your My Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Check “Show All” and select the certification area from the drop-down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab.

Board Certification Applications for Lawyers
To download an application, select the appropriate application below. There is a MSWord and a pdf version of the recertification application and the initial certification application. There is only a Word version of the reapplication. The MSWord documents are for typing your responses to the application. There is a pdf version for handwritten submissions only. You will be asked if you would like to "Open" or "Save" the file (in 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.

Seeking Certification- Application for Initial Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the
Application for Certification filing period opens July 1, 2015 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2015. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 11, 2016 Adoption Law Certification Exam. Word version Word document opens in new window PDF version PDF document opens in new window

General Information:
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Exam Information

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

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Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Adoption Law Certification Committee members

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Note: This list includes courses occurring April 30, 2010 through 2015 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. 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:
    Maritza McGill
    The Florida Bar
    651 East Jefferson Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300

    Adoption Law Certification Field Established 2009

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    [Revised: 09-30-2015]