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James B. Outman, Program Chair, Claiborne, Outman & Surmay, P.C., Atlanta

Welcome and Program Overview
James B. Outman

Overview of Chapter 19-8, including issues common to all Georgia adoptions, i.e., definitions, who may adopt, jurisdiction, venue, service, sealed records, reunion registry, forms
Richard A. Horder, Kazmarek, Geiger & Lasseter, LLP, Atlanta

Handling an Independent Adoption under O.C.G.A. §19-8-5
Lori M. Surmay, Claiborne, Outman & Surmay, P.C., Atlanta

Public and Private Agency Adoption under O.C.G.A. §19-8-4
Rhonda L. Fishbein, Attorney at Law, Atlanta
Domestication of an Adoption Previously Completed in a Foreign Country under O.C.G.A. §19-8-8
Irene Steffas, Steffas & Associates, P.C., Marietta

Practical Aspects of a Stepparent Adoption under O.C.G.A. §19-8-6 and a Relative Adoption under O.C.G.A. §19-8-7, i.e., older children, death of parent, out of wedlock child, guardianship; different forms, grandparent visitation
Sherriann H. Hicks, Attorney at Law, Lawrenceville

Federal and Compact law aspects of Adoption – Indian Child Welfare Act, Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
Ruth F. Claiborne, Claiborne, Outman & Surmay, P.C., Atlanta
Diane Woods, Huff, Woods & Hamby, Marietta
Suzanne McClure, Georgia ICPC Office, Atlanta

The Option of Embryo Adoption
Ruth F. Claiborne

Adoption Assistance
Sherry V. Neal, Neal & Wright, LLC, Decatur

Addressing the Rights of the Biological Father Who is Not the Legal Father under O.C.G.A. §19-8-12, including Putative Father Registry, Pre-birth Surrender, Acknowledgment of Paternity and Legitimation
Josie Redwine, Josie Redwine, P.C., Marietta

Involuntary Termination of the Rights of a Legal Parent in an Adoption proceeding under O.C.G.A. §19-8-10
Justin Y. Hester, Hester & Hester, P.C., Norcross

View from the Bench
Hon. Gil McBride, Judge, Superior Court of Muscogee County, Columbus
Recent Developments in Practice and Procedure, Legislation, and Case Law
James B. Outman
Questions and Answers regarding issues in Adoption Practice: an Interactive Discussion between Registrants and Panelists
Richard A Horder

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