The Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) provides a credentialed presence in the law of family formation and is the largest professional organization of its type. AAAA and its attorneys are dedicated to the competent and ethical practice of adoption and ART law, advocating for laws and policies to protect the best interests of children, the legal status of families formed through adoption and ART, and the rights of all interested parties including birth parents, adoptive parents, surrogates, donors, and intended parents.
AAAA includes 470 attorneys, law professors, and judges who are recognized as Fellows and have extensive experience in the practice of adoption law, ART law, or both. Located around the world – including the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Israel, and the United Kingdom – Fellows of AAAA are considered legal thought leaders and are a highly-vetted, experienced group.
Admission to AAAA as a Regular Fellow is a selective process that requires at least five years of legal practice, at least 50 adoption or assisted reproductive technology (ART) matters, a referral for admission by a current AAAA member, and rigorous review for high ethical standards and competency by the AAAA Board of Trustees. Other membership categories are available but all applicants are thoroughly vetted in order to meet AAAA’s standards of excellence.
There are many benefits to becoming a Fellow of AAAA, including but not limited to:
- Ability to cross-refer cases throughout the United States and abroad to qualified adoption and/or ART attorneys.
- Networking and socializing with other attorneys in the field.
- Enhancing your internet presence via AAAA’s Attorney Directory and the SEO of AAAA’s website.
- Attending and presenting at “state of the art” CLE conferences and webinars.
- Having access to AAAA’s Attorney Directory to locate other adoption and ART attorneys.
- Being readily available to the public and to adoption agencies and/or ART programs who look online for adoption and/or ART attorneys.
- Cross-linking your website to AAAA’s Attorney Directory and vice versa.
- Having confidence that the attorneys listed in AAAA’s Attorney Directory are qualified to handle any adoption and/or ART matters you might refer to them or call them about.
- Coordinating legislative and public education efforts.
- Coordinating and sharing of legal research with other Fellows.
- Receiving notifications via the AAAA listserv of recent developments in the law and in the adoption and ART industries at large.
- Calling upon AAAA’s Amicus Committee to take a position in cases on appeal in your state.
- Calling upon AAAA’s Legislative Committee to take a position on pending legislation in your state.
- Gaining support for ethical practices.
- Securing a built-in body of adoption and ART “advisors” via the listserv, personal phone directory, and at conferences.
- Upon request, obtaining a mentor who is an established AAAA Fellow, through the official AAAA Mentorship Program.
- Enhancing the marketing of your practice with AAAA’s marketing, outreach, and public relations.
- Growing your practice through AAAA networking.
- Building friendships that could last a lifetime (we are a really fun, tight group, despite our size).
Given the unique nature of family formation law, membership in AAAA will give you a “home” where you can brainstorm and share the comradery of like-minded attorneys at a highly competent and ethical level.