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Our firm’s roots are in its adoption practice. Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC has almost 40 years of combined legal experience working with more than 2,000 families in all types of adoption matters. We can provide wide-ranging legal knowledge and the extensive insight needed to help clients through whatever their unique adoption concerns may be.
The attorneys in our adoption practice, Casey Copps DiPaola, Anne Reynolds Copps, and Joseph R. Williams, are all Fellows of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and known throughout the state for their knowledge and skill in adoption and adoption-related matters. If you are considering adoption with your loved one or as an individual, our New York adoption lawyers are here to assist, support, and guide you through your legal journey. Additionally, our adoption paralegal, Shannon Wickenden, has assisted with hundreds of adoptions since she started working with Anne in 1992, and she is readily available to our clients at all times.
We offer our experienced legal assistance for a variety of adoption issues. We handle private adoptions, foster care adoptions, agency adoptions, step/second parent adoptions, and international adoptions. We have extensive experience in interstate adoption placements involving the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), having handled adoptions involving nearly every state in the country. We have also handled multiple adoptions involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and have successfully litigated many contested adoption cases involving birth parents’ rights.
Our firm also represents adoption agencies on all matters, including licensing, surrenders/permanency hearings, and subsidy fair hearings. We are also happy to represent birth parents who have made the decision to place their child for adoption, whether the decision is the result of an unplanned pregnancy or other life change.
Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC has also been involved in some cutting-edge adoption cases, including adoptions involving three parents. We pride ourselves on learning everything there is to know about the client’s case and coming up with a plan that works best for that unique client. Often that solution involves thinking outside of the box and sometimes trying new things.
We are happy to meet with clients when they are first considering adoption. We can explain the various types of adoptions and the pros and cons of each option based upon your particular circumstances. We are then there to guide you through every step of the process, from start to finalization. We also remain a resource for your family post-adoption should you need assistance with anything, from post-adoption contact agreement issues to a referral for a counselor with adoption experience.