The Florida Bar

Adoption Law Certification

Definition

AdoptionLaw180Adoption 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.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for adoption law certification, provided in Rule 6-28.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of adoption law–50% or more–during the five years immediately preceding application;
  • Handling of at least 50 adoption placements or 15 contested adoption proceedings during the five years immediately preceding application;
  • 30 hours of approved adoption law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

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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.

Currently Certified?  Recertification Information for 2020

If you were originally certified in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, or 2015 you are due to file your recertification application in 2020. The application for recertification must be postmarked by November 30, 2020. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens July 1, 2020. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2020. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2021 exam. If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

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

Staff Liaison


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Adoption Law Certification Field Established 2009