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

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.

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 appropriate application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Department, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.

View your Board Certification CLE credit hours online. Log in to your My Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Check “Show All” and select Adoption Law from the dropdown menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many credits are required for certification and the date the credits must be completed to qualify.

Currently Certified
If you were originally certified in
2012, the Application for Recertification Word document opens in new window must be postmarked by May 31, 2017. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2017, unless you file a recertification extension request.

Recertification File Extension
To request a one-time 3-month extension, the
Recertification Extension Application Word document opens in new window must be postmarked by May, 31, 2017.

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, 2017, and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2017. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2018 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 2018 Adoption Law Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2017.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Aug. 31, 2016, which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2017 Adoption Law Exam.

2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Aug. 31, 2016, which was approved, you took the 2017 Adoption Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note, if you were unsuccessful on the 2016 and 2017 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2018 Adoption Law exam, but you may reapply for the 2019 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification by Aug. 31, 2018.)
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

Adoption Law Certification Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window

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.
    Sponsors offering Adoption Law CLE

      The Florida Adoption Council is proud to announce that it will be presenting a CLE program, All About Adoption 2017, on Tuesday, February 28th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

      This program will be presented telephonically, so no travel is involved to participate. CLE accreditation is being sought from the Florida Bar. Previous programs of this nature have provided 4.5 CLE hours.
      The cost of the program is $300 which includes the speakers' written materials. Speakers for the program are Amy Hickman (case law review), Martha Curtis (ICPC, ICWA, Ethics, Jurisdiction, Safe Haven, Subsidies, Hague/Intercountry Adoptions, etc.), and Elizabeth Berkowitz (F.S. Chapter 63 review).

      If you are interested in registering, please e-mail Alice H. Murray at, to request a registration form.
    CLE Forms

    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: 02-17-2017]