Then read Landmark Cases in Adoption just published by Bastardette’s good friend and co-conspirator Erik Smith. Erik summarizes and explains 11 key court decisions which changed adoption practice in the US–5 from the US Supreme Court, 5 from state Supreme Courts, and 1 from a Federal Appellate court–covering step-parent adoption, the rights of unwed fathers, putative father registries, Native Americans, wrongful adoption, and open records.
Erik is one of AdoptionLand’s most innovative legal thinkers. (OK, Bastardette believes he is the most innovative thinker hands down!) His groundbreaking arguments against safe haven laws (and here) give Bastardette hope that sometime in the not so distant future these odious laws will be struck from the books, drop kicked into the dumpster, and floated up the river on garbage scow without a paddle.
In the meantime, Erik continues to educate and inform us. You’ll find Erik’s page here.