Outline for Adoption

Adoption Options in California

Napa County Bar Association
Date: July 29, 2016
Charles Spiegel, attorney/mediator in San Francisco. Mr. Spiegel was the founding Executive Director of Our Family, has served on the board of KidsTurn.org and Collaborative Practice California.

Adoption & Surrogacy – Introductions
> Charles Spiegel

Introductory Comments
> What We’re Talking About/ What’s at Stake/ Different Lenses
> Adoption Triad/ Child’s Point of View/ Birth or First Parent’s Point of View
> Open vs. Closed Adoption
> Homes for Children, vs….
> Local Practices/ Agencies vs County Dept
>>Home Studies; Post Placement Reports; Reports/Investigation without home visits.
> Fast Changing

Types of Adoption
> International Adoption- Hague Convention
> (Closed vs Open Adoption)

> Adult Adoption

> Fost Adopt
> (Foster Parent)
> (Public Adoption)

> Relative Adoption

Step Parent Adoption
> 3 (or more) Parent Adoption

Confirmatory Step Parent Adoption
> (LGBT Parents)
> 2nd Parent Adoptions (unmarried couples)

Infant/ Newborn Adoption
> (Private Adoption)
> (Agency Adoption)

Open vs Closed Adoption
> (Open vs Closed Surrogacy, Egg Donation etc.)

> ICWA – Indian Child Welfare Act
> ICPC – Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children

> Court Hearings

> (Domestic vs. International)
> (Anonymous vs. Known)

> Resources
> Positive Adoption Language
> LGBTQ Resources
> Conclusion > Thanks

Charlie Spiegel’s San Francisco practice includes prenuptial planning, divorce and custody mediation, adoption, surrogacy and real estate matters. Charlie served as Co-Chair of the National Board of Lambda Legal, and was a founding Executive Director of Our Family, the bay area’s LGBT family organization. He served on the Board of Directors for KidsTurn.org and Collaborative Practice California; and now serves on the Board of CP-SF.com. Charlie has had 20 years of wide experience in real estate since graduating New York University School of Law with honors, He received a Fammy award from San Francisco’s Jewish Family & Children’s Services in 2009 for his advocacy for families. He has lived and raised his family in the SF Bay Area since just before the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.