Course Page for Fall 2012 - Brito, Tonya
This course addresses adoption law and policy in the United States. Topics include: (1) an overview of the history of adoption law and current trends in adoption policy and practice; (2) the adoption process including an examination of the differences between agency and independent adoption, the form, timing and revocability of parental consent to adoption, the selection of adoptive parents and stepparent adoption; (3) parental rights of nonmarital fathers; (4) adoption by gay and lesbian parents; (5) transracial and transcultural adoption; (6) the federal Indian Child Welfare Act and adoption of Native American children; (7) openness in adoption, including opening sealed adoption records and open adoption practice; (8) international adoption; (9) the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act and the adoption of children from the foster care system; and (10) alternatives to adoption. The grade in this course will be based on class participation and attendance and a final examination. This course satisfies the Advanced Principles requirement of the Family Law Concentration and will not be offered during the Spring 2013 semester.
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Course Page for Fall 2013 - Brito, Tonya
This seminar will address the legal treatment of children by exploring a number of contemporary policy issues relating to children, and by examining the opportunities and dilemmas of child advocates who seek reform through legislative or judicial action. Among the topics that may be covered are: (1) overview of children’s rights generally; (2) legal representation of children and ethical considerations; (3) educational issues, including school choice and freedom of expression in public schools; and (4) government restrictions on minors’ rights. Students will be asked to write a research paper and present it to the class. The introductory family law course is not a prerequisite.