Attorneys & Staff Members Who Support this Practice Area

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 lead attorneys in our adoption practice, Casey Copps DiPaola and Anne Reynolds Copps, are both 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.

If you are looking for attorneys who care about you as a person, not just your case, this is the firm for you.

Casey and all of the attorneys are very knowledgeable, and they are always available to answer questions and provide excellent legal advice. The office staff are some of the most genuine people you will meet and they, too, provide excellent service.

Hiring an attorney can be a daunting task, especially when dealing with family issues, but I am thankful these were the attorneys representing me. I had total confidence in their legal abilities and appreciated the human touch and concern. This firm helped me to create the family I enjoy today and I am sure I could not have done it without them. I will be eternally grateful to all of them.


I found Casey and the support staff at Copps DiPaola law offices to be professional, knowledgeable, honest in communicating my options and possible outcomes, and effective strategists who are always prompt in responding to my inquiries.


Casey and her entire team were absolutely wonderful to work with. Our adoption cases weren’t the easiest, but through the 2+ years, Casey was by our side walking us through every step. She was very knowledgeable on all of the different aspects of the laws in regards to our case, and took the time to always make sure we understood what was happening. My wife and I were able to complete two adoptions because of Casey, and we could never thank her enough for taking the time and putting forth such effort for our family.

~C & A

Hands down the best lawyer around. I had previously hired another lawyer for my divorce and adoption of my son, and after 5 months and several thousand dollars, nothing was accomplished. I was referred to Casey from a friend who had a great experience as well. Casey was able to break everything down and go over everything until I could understand the complicated situation I was in. With her by my side, we were able to accomplish our goals and finalize everything in a timely matter. She was never one of those lawyers who wanted to drag anything out just to drain me of more money (Like my previous lawyer). She was always available to reach when needed, even on a Saturday night!! I would recommend Casey to anyone who needs any sort of legal help. Hopefully I will never need legal services again, but if I did, I will be right back with Casey. Thank you again!!


We contacted the Copps DiPaola office in regards to our son’s adoption. From the very first call to the court appearance all of our questions and concerns were handled with the utmost care from the entire staff. We are extremely grateful for all their office did for us. From the bottom of our hearts Thank you. We have friends forever!!

~Alyson & Ed

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