by James Fletcher Thompson
©2010

Whether you are an attorney who is interested in expanding your practice to include termination of parental rights and adoption, or you are an experienced adoption attorney looking to hone your skills, South Carolina Adoption Law and Practice is an invaluable resource. The book addresses many topics, including,

choosing the right legal theory: custody, TPR or Adoption
the Responsible Father Registry
the presumption of legitimacy
the law and art of witnessing a consent
South Carolina’s new definition of duress
attacking finalized adoptions
the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
the Indian Child Welfare Act
the attorney’s responsibility to provide background information
tort of wrongful adoption
2010 amendments to abuse and neglect statutes

Summary of Contents:

Chapter 1: A Prologue
Chapter 2: The Intersection of Adoption Law and Related Legal Concepts
Chapter 3: Consent
Chapter 4: Birth Father Rights and Responsibilities
Chapter 5: Attacks on Finalized Adoptions
Chapter 6: The Best Interest of the Child
Chapter 7: Confidentiality in Adoptions: Degrees of Openness and Access to Adoption Records
Chapter 8: Counseling, Investigations and Reports
Chapter 9: Financial Considerations
Chapter 10: Interstate Adoptions
Chapter 11: Indian Child Welfare Act
Chapter 12: The South Carolina Adoption Act and Termination of Parental Rights Statute

Appendices of Forms (includes forms, practice tips, website references)

This book can serve as a desktop reference for attorneys, as it provides statutes and practice forms. Forms found in the book will be provided on a CD to all purchasers.

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