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Adoption Law
Friday, August 1


SC Bar Conference Center
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park St., Columbia

Myrtle Beach (max capacity 20)

Registration Fees:

Early Bird $240
Regular $290 (after 7/18)


The SC Bar CLE Division is pleased to present “Adoption Law in South Carolina and Beyond.” This important program is designed to guide you through critical steps in the adoption process so that you can gain the tools, skills and resources to advise clients, whether they are adopting through an agency, through DSS, from a foreign jurisdiction or adopting a family member. Join Course Planner Brana Williams and a diverse and experienced faculty for this unique opportunity to learn not only the basics of adoption practice, but also the nuances of dealing with common traps and problems!
8:30 a.m.                  Registration
8:50 a.m.                  Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m.                  Adoption Basics
                                    Emily McDaniel Barrett, Lowndes & Barrett, LLC, Charleston
                                    Thomas P. Lowndes, Jr., Lowndes & Barrett, LLC, Charleston
                                    This overview will give you the basics on who is eligible to adopt, who can be adopted and                                                                       what you, the attorney, need to know to make it happen.
9:40 a.m.                  Adoption Options
                                    June Bond, Adoption Advocacy, Greenville
                                    This presentation will give you the scoop on private agencies, adopting relatives, adopting                                                                      adults, and other key bits of information you may have never considered.
10:20 a.m.               Break
10:30 a.m.               Consents
                                    Hon. Lisa A. Kinon, Conway
                                    Consents can be tricky and if not done properly, can cause lots of problems down the road.                                                                      This segment will teach you how to take a Consent the right way!
11:40 a.m.               Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (IPCP)
                                    Fredrick M. “Rick” Corley, Beaufort
                                    The Baby is leaving the State – is that important? South Carolina is a member of the ICPC – the                                      purpose of which is to assure that when adoptive or foster care children are moved from one                                                                    state to another that the placements receive an appropriate level of care in the new                                                                                     jurisdiction. This presentation will provide guidance on what is required by the IPCP.
12 p.m.                      Lunch
1:15 p.m.                  DSS Adoptions
                                    L. Dale Dove, Dove & Barton, LLC, Rock Hill
                                    This segment will help you navigate DSS Adoptions and answer the most common questions,                                                                 such as “Do Foster Parents have rights?”
1:55 p.m.                  Foreign Adoptions
                                    Brana J. Williams, Williams Law Firm, LLC, Surfside Beach
                                    This presentation will help you advise parents of children adopted from foreign countries.
2:25 p.m.                  Ethics
                                    Fredrick M. “Rick” Corley, Beaufort
                                    This segment will provide guidance on ethically advising adoptive parent concerning                                                                                  expenses and other issues.
2:55 p.m.                  Break
3:05 p.m.                  When Something Goes Wrong – Guidance on Unforeseen Problems
                                    James Fletcher Thompson, James Fletcher Thompson, LLC, Spartanburg
                                    When a birth parent seeks to withdraw an executed consent
                                    When a birth father contests an adoptive placement
                                    When a party to an adoption files an appeal
                                    When a finalized adoption is attacked
4:35 p.m.                  Adjourn

All registrations must be pre-paid.  All registrations must include a credit card number
Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds, less $25.00 administrative processing fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing to SC Bar-CLE Division at registrar@scbar.org by 5 pm one week prior to the seminar. If you register but do not cancel by 5 pm one week before or register but do not attend, you will receive the course materials in consideration of payment. Designated substitutes may take the place of registrants unable to attend.


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