Law Offices of Karen S. Law PLC

Our Practice is limited to Adoption and Immigration. We provide expert, efficient, compassionate leg Karen Stoutamyer Law is an adoption attorney practicing in Virginia.

She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1985 and became licensed in Virginia in that same year. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the Loudoun Bar Association. She also co-chairs the Intercountry Adoption Committee for the American Academy of Adoption

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Opinion | Adoptees Have the Same Right to Citizenship as Biological Children 10/13/2021

Opinion | Adoptees Have the Same Right to Citizenship as Biological Children

Interesting article about adoptees who are still left without citizenship in 2021, due to the age cut off in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

Opinion | Adoptees Have the Same Right to Citizenship as Biological Children There’s bipartisan support for legislation that could put an end to the peril facing transnational adoptees.

Govt to bring regulations to make inter-country adoptions under HAMA easier - New On News 09/22/2021

Govt to bring regulations to make inter-country adoptions under HAMA easier - New On News

The Central Adoption Resource Authority has framed regulations under the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act (HAMA), which covers Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. This effort should make the inter-country adoption process under HAMA easier.

Govt to bring regulations to make inter-country adoptions under HAMA easier - New On News In a bid to ease inter-country adoptions, the Central Adoption Resource Authority has framed regulations under the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act on the direction of the Union government

08/30/2021

National Study on Adoption

Are you an adoptive parent? Please consider participating in this national survey of adoptive family experiences. The survey closes tomorrow (8/31); click on the link to participate:

National Study on Adoption Qualtrics sophisticated online survey software solutions make creating online surveys easy. Learn more about Research Suite and get a free account today.

Adoption Law Issues That Need to be on Your Radar This Year | Live Video Webinar | 90454ER | NBI 08/09/2021

Adoption Law Issues That Need to be on Your Radar This Year | Live Video Webinar | 90454ER | NBI

I will be speaking at this live webinar on September 13th. We will be discussing the latest rules and trends in adoption law in 2021. Click on the link below to register:
https://www.nbi-sems.com/ProductDetails/Adoption-Law-Issues-That-Need-to-be-on-Your-Radar-This-Year/Video-Webinar/90454ER_3423101?st=VA&crdt=VA%20CLE&pt=1

Adoption Law Issues That Need to be on Your Radar This Year | Live Video Webinar | 90454ER | NBI Earn your continuing legal education credits by attending a live webinar from the comfort of your office or home on 09/13/2021 for only $299.00.

COVID-19 Pandemic and Shutdown Increases Stresses in Foster Care for Children, Birth Parents, Social Workers and Licensed Foster Care Providers 08/09/2021

COVID-19 Pandemic and Shutdown Increases Stresses in Foster Care for Children, Birth Parents, Social Workers and Licensed Foster Care Providers

New article on our blog about how the pandemic has affected foster care for children, birth parents, social workers and licensed foster care providers:
https://lawadoption.blogspot.com/2021/08/covid-19-pandemic-and-shutdown.html

COVID-19 Pandemic and Shutdown Increases Stresses in Foster Care for Children, Birth Parents, Social Workers and Licensed Foster Care Providers breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

Country Information for ASPs 06/30/2021

Country Information for ASPs

The Office of Children's Issues has published a new resource for intercountry adoption professionals:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption/adoption-professionals/country-information-for-asps.html

Country Information for ASPs The following available legal and procedural information may be useful to intercountry adoption professionals providing adoption services in intercountry cases.

Private Adoption Overview 06/14/2021

Private Adoption Overview

New article on our blog! An overview of the private adoption process:

https://lawadoption.blogspot.com/2021/06/private-adoption-is-type-of-adoption.html

Private Adoption Overview breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

Six Common Issues Faced by Adopted Adolescents 05/24/2021

Six Common Issues Faced by Adopted Adolescents

Considering adopting an older child or teen? Read this Adoptive Families article that lists important subjects to talk about when adopting a teen.
https://www.adoptivefamilies.com/parenting/adopted-adolescents-understanding-adoption/

Six Common Issues Faced by Adopted Adolescents Adopted adolescents can face identity problems as they try and figure out who they are. Debbie Riley discusses six common issues they will face.

N-600K Fact Sheet 05/18/2021

N-600K Fact Sheet

Want to learn more about the N-600K process? Read our fact sheet #US #adoptedkids #citizenship
https://lawadoption.blogspot.com/2021/05/n-600k-fact-sheet.html

N-600K Fact Sheet breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

N-600K Fact Sheet 05/10/2021

N-600K Fact Sheet

New blog post! Confused about #UScitizenship for your #adoptedchild? Read our N-600K fact sheet:
https://lawadoption.blogspot.com/2021/05/n-600k-fact-sheet.html

N-600K Fact Sheet breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

05/10/2021

Happy belated Mother's Day! To all mothers, and those who want to be mothers.💐

Happy belated Mother's Day! To all mothers, and those who want to be mothers.💐

PORTUGAL – Foreign Authorization – Requirements and Procedure 04/19/2021

PORTUGAL – Foreign Authorization – Requirements and Procedure

U.S. citizens have had difficulty adopting children from Portugal because there are no U.S. adoption service providers authorized to facilitate intercountry adoptions in Portugal. The Portuguese Central Authority has provided information on how to seek authorization to adopt a child in Portugal.
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/portugal-foreign-authorization-requirements-and-procedure.html

PORTUGAL – Foreign Authorization – Requirements and Procedure To support the viability of intercountry adoption as a permanency option for children in Portugal, the Office of Children’s Issues sought information from the Portuguese Central Authority regarding its adoption procedures. The Portuguese Central Authority confirmed that they periodically receive i...

Adopting an Undocumented Child 04/09/2021

Adopting an Undocumented Child

New article! Read our blog post about the process of adopting an undocumented child:
https://lawadoption.blogspot.com/2021/04/adopting-undocumented-child.html

Adopting an Undocumented Child breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

Birth Mother Services Overview 03/22/2021

Birth Mother Services Overview

Are you interested in learning about what services we offer birth mothers? Here is an overview on our blog:
https://lawadoption.blogspot.com/2021/03/birth-mother-services-overview.html

Birth Mother Services Overview breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process | Live Video Webinar | 89134ER | NBI 02/15/2021

Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process | Live Video Webinar | 89134ER | NBI

Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process - Webinar
I will be speaking on this live video webinar on March 25th. Register today to attend!

Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process | Live Video Webinar | 89134ER | NBI Earn your continuing legal education credits by attending a live webinar from the comfort of your office or home on 03/25/2021 for only $339.00.

The Netherlands: Suspension of Intercountry Adoption 02/15/2021

The Netherlands: Suspension of Intercountry Adoption

Adoption Notice!
On February 8th, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security reported that the Netherlands decided to suspend all intercountry adoptions.

The Netherlands: Suspension of Intercountry Adoption The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security reported on February 8 that the Netherlands decided to suspend all intercountry adoptions. The Ministry stated that they made this decision based on recommendations from the Committee Investigating Past Intercountry Adoption, which was tasked with investig...

Adoption Notice: Adoptions from St. Kitts and Nevis after February 1, 2021 02/05/2021

Adoption Notice: Adoptions from St. Kitts and Nevis after February 1, 2021

Adoption Notice: On February 1, 2021, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption will enter into force for St. Kitts and Nevis. Please be advised that the Department of State has determined it will not be able to process intercountry adoptions from St. Kitts and Nevis initiated on or after February 1, 2021, under the Convention.
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/adoption-notice--adoptions-from-st--kitts-and-nevis-after-februa.html

Adoption Notice: Adoptions from St. Kitts and Nevis after February 1, 2021 On February 1, 2021, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) will enter into force for St. Kitts and Nevis. Please be advised that the Department of State has determined it will not be able to process intercountry adoptions fro...

Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process | Live Video Webinar | 89134ER | NBI 02/05/2021

Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process | Live Video Webinar | 89134ER | NBI

Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process | Live Video Webinar Thursday, March 25, 2021
This webinar will give you an overview of the adoption legal process and practical tips for your first or next adoption case.
Click on the link to register today!

Practical Guide Through the Adoption Process | Live Video Webinar | 89134ER | NBI Earn your continuing legal education credits by attending a live webinar from the comfort of your office or home on 03/25/2021 for only $339.00.

Adoption Information: Vietnam 01/11/2021

Adoption Information: Vietnam

As of Dec. 31, 2020, intercountry adoptions from #Vietnam are no longer limited to children with special needs, older children, and sibling groups. All eligible children, with or without special needs, will be considered for adoption under the Hague Adoption Convention. #intercountryadoption

Adoption Information: Vietnam USCIS Will Begin Expanded Hague Convention Processing from Vietnam Intercountry Adoptions

USCIS Lockbox Updates 01/11/2021

USCIS Lockbox Updates

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and other factors, #USCIS is experiencing delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications and petitions.

USCIS Lockbox Updates Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, USCIS is experiencing delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications and petitions filed at a USCIS lockbox facility.

01/04/2021

www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org

Adopted children without Social Security numbers can still be claimed as dependents for tax purposes by using an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). ITIN's are issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Their purpose is to ensure that people can pay taxes even if they do not have a Social Security number and regardless of their immigration status. Learn more about ITIN's here:

www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org

COVID-19 and Adoption 01/04/2021

COVID-19 and Adoption

New article on our blog about the effects of COVID-19 on adoption

COVID-19 and Adoption breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

12/21/2020

Wishing you a happy holiday season from our office to your family! 🎄

travel.state.gov 12/14/2020

St. Kitts and Nevis accedes to the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption

St. Kitts and Nevis has become the 103rd country to accede to the Hague Adoption Convention.

travel.state.gov On October 26, 2020, St. Kitts and Nevis deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). The Convention will enter into force for St. Kitts and Nevis on February 1, 2021. The Depar...

travel.state.gov 12/14/2020

South Africa Lifts Moratorium on Intercountry Adoptions

South Africa has recently lifted their moratorium on intercountry adoption. They have also instituted new procedures regarding identification and travel documents for adopted children.

travel.state.gov The U.S. Department of State, Office of Children’s Issues wishes to advise U.S. prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) and adoption service providers (ASPs) that, as of October 7, 2020, the South African Central Authority (SACA) lifted the moratorium on intercountry adoptions originally enacted on Ma...

adoptivefamilies.com 12/07/2020

2020 Holiday Adoption Gift Ideas from Our Site Advertisers

Check out these great gift ideas in the 2020 Holiday Gift Guide by Adoptive Families!

If you shop at the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a portion of your purchase goes toward helping children in foster care get adopted. They have lots of cute adoption-theme gifts and apparel, like this sweatshirt:
https://shopdavethomasfoundation.org/collections/frontpage/products/cowl-neck-sweatshirt

adoptivefamilies.com Give with meaning this holiday season by choosing gifts with adoption themes for loved ones and prospective adoptive parents in your circle.

11/23/2020

www.regulations.gov

#relative adoption regulations potentially streamline #Intercountryadoption process. Maybe it won't cost $20K to adopt your #orphaned niece anymore?

regulations.gov

creatingafamily.org 11/23/2020

The Holidays with Kids Who've Been Exposed to Trauma - Creating a Family

Listen to this podcast about how to minimize your adopted or foster child's anxiety and stress during the holidays.

creatingafamily.org Creating a Family, the national infertility, adoption, and foster care education & support nonprofit, provides information & resources on domestic infant adoption, foster care adoption, international adoption, fostering/foster parent resources, embryo donation/adoption, attachment, transracial adopt...

lawadoption.blogspot.com 11/09/2020

Necessary Actions for Next Administration to Reverse the Dramatic Decline in Intercountry Adoption

New article on our blog!
Sadly, the number of children adopted through intercountry adoption continues to decrease every year. This article discusses actions that the next administration could take to reverse this decline.

lawadoption.blogspot.com breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

11/09/2020

Fairfax Bar Association

Domestic Adoption in Virginia CLE



Wednesday, December 9, 2020

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Fairfax County Courthouse

5th Floor Jury Assembly Room

2.0 MCLE Credits (Approved)





CLE Price

$70 FBA Attorney Members

$100 Attorney Non-Members

$50 FBA Young Lawyers Section Member

$80 Young Lawyer Non-Members





Panelists Include:

Karen S. Law, Esq., Law Offices of Karen S. Law, PLC

Elizabeth Vaughan, Esq., Graham Law Firm, PLLC

https://www.fairfaxbar.org/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=845661&group=

fairfaxbar.org

travel.state.gov 11/02/2020

Request for Statements of Interest for Accrediting Entities

So often, the #adultadoptees who speak up about their #intercountryadoption experiences tell tales of wishing they had not been adopted. We believe that this is a valid but very much minority view. If you were adopted from overseas and have a good experience to share, please weigh in during this important event. Otherwise, the bad experiences of a few adult #adoptees color policy and prevent more children from being #adopted in the U.S.

travel.state.gov For Parties Interested in Seeking Department Designation as Accrediting Entities, to Accredit and Approve Adoption Service Providers in Intercountry Adoption

adoptivefamilies.com 11/02/2020

"My Baby Never Cried": Head Banging in Adopted Children

Some newly adopted infants have a difficult time transitioning to a new home. This article provides good advice on how to ease a baby’s transition.

adoptivefamilies.com Most babies cry when they're upset. Not Seth, who resorted to head banging to get attention. An adoptive mother writes about overcoming this unique issue.

lawadoption.blogspot.com 11/02/2020

Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019

New article on our blog about the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019!

lawadoption.blogspot.com breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

adoptivefamilies.com 10/26/2020

The "Adoption Match Meeting" with an Expectant Mother

Great advice for prospective adoptive parents who are meeting an expectant mother for the first time -

adoptivefamilies.com Adoptive parents share their best advice for prospective parents who are understandably nervous about the first match meeting with an expectant mother.

10/15/2020

Fairfax Bar Association

Domestic Adoption in Virginia CLE



Wednesday, December 9, 2020

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Fairfax County Courthouse

5th Floor Jury Assembly Room

2.0 MCLE Credits (Approved)





CLE Price

$70 FBA Attorney Members

$100 Attorney Non-Members

$50 FBA Young Lawyers Section Member

$80 Young Lawyer Non-Members





Panelists Include:

Karen S. Law, Esq., Law Offices of Karen S. Law, PLC

Elizabeth Vaughan, Esq., Graham Law Firm, PLLC

https://www.fairfaxbar.org/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=845661&group=

fairfaxbar.org

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