LEGAL NEWS JANUARY -2012

In re J.R., No. 10-FS-38 (Decided Dec. 22, 2011). The DC Court of Appeals affirmed exercise of temporary jurisdiction under UCCJEA and affirmed the neglect finding under D.C. Code x 16-2301(9)(A)(ii). Child Abuse Levels Drop (Huffington Post) – Available here. Child Abuse and its Effects on the Brain (Reuters) – Available here. 20/20 Report Foster Children and Over Medication (ABC News) – Available here.
Read More

DC Post-Adoption Contact Agreements/Contracts

Often times in contested adoptions the biological parents as well as all involved biological relatives should balance the litigation strategy in light of the Adoption Reform Amendment Act (“ARA”) § 101 which established enforceability of post-adoption contact agreements between biological parents, other birth relatives, adoptive parents, and adoptees (if they are 14 or older) for first time in the District of Columbia. The contact agreement is tantamount to a custom made contract tailored to terms and conditions dictates by negotiating parties generally governing “contact” between the child and his or her biological family after the adoption is finalized with specific
Read More