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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.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified?

Review a summary of the requirements.

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 2013, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2018. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2018, unless you file a recertification extension request.

Recertification File Extension

To request a one-time 3-month extension, the Recertification Extension Application must be postmarked by May, 31, 2018.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens July 1, 2018, and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2018. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2019 Adoption Law Exam.

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 2019 Adoption Law Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2018.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by Aug. 31, 2017, which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2018 Adoption Law Exam.

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


Exam Specifications

Study Guide

Exam sample questions

Exam Information

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

Adoption Law Certification Committee Policies

Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Adoption Law Certification Committee members

CLE Forms

Adoption Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Maritza McGill
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
[email protected]
Adoption Law Certification Field Established 2009