|Adoption Law Certification|
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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.
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|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.
If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens July 1, 2013 and applications along with appropriate addendum must be postmarked by August 31, 2013.
You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2014 Adoption Law Exam the abbreviated application must be postmarked by August 31, 2013.
1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2012 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2013 Adoption Law Exam.
2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2012 which was approved, you took the 2013 Adoption Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2012 and 2013 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2014 Adoption Law exam, but you may reapply in 2014 for the 2015 certification exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)
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 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 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.**
Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Adoption Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-28
Adoption Law Standing Committee Policies
Adoption Law Committee members
Adoption Law CLE
- Note: This list includes only courses occurring July 1, 2009 and August 31, 2012 which have been pre-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 Bar Staff Liaison listed below 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.
Adoption Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Vicki B. Simmons
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Adoption Law Certification Field Established 2009