Law Offices of Karen S. Law PLC

Law Offices of Karen S. Law PLC

Our Practice is limited to Adoption and Immigration. We provide expert, efficient, compassionate legal services for adoptive and birth parents.

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 Attorneys and has co-chaired the annual celebration of adoption, Loudoun Adoption Day, for eight years. Mrs. Law represents adoptive parents and birth parents in private, agency, international, step-parent, and relative adoptions. She has been certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a Guardian Ad Litem to represent the interests of children in adoptions throughout the Commonwealth. She often speaks at national conferences on Immigration issues and has a unique experience in both adoption and immigration law. Serving clients in Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Arlington County, Alexandria, Frederick County, Albermarle County, Culpeper County, Dinwiddie County, Pittsylvania County, Rockingham County, Shenandoah County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Warren County, Westmoreland County, Virginia Beach and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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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

wsj.com 10/05/2020

Opinion | The Left’s Unhealthy Interest in Amy Coney Barrett’s Adopted Kids

No matter where you stand on politics, intercountry adoption should not suffer. Children need homes.
#IntercountryAdoption

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-lefts-unhealthy-interest-in-amy-coney-barretts-adopted-kids-11601418452

wsj.com Social science finds no evidence that being raised by white parents is harmful to black children.

09/30/2020

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

09/30/2020

Breaking news! USCIS enjoined from October 2nd fee increases by federal court.

immigrationforum.org 09/28/2020

Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019: Bill Summary - National Immigration Forum

The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 is a bipartisan bill which would fix a loophole that denies some adoptees the right to citizenship. Read this article to learn more about what this bill would do and who it would benefit.
https://immigrationforum.org/article/adoptee-citizenship-act-of-2019-bill-summary/

immigrationforum.org The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 (H.R. 2731) would provide U.S. citizenship to individuals born outside of the United States who were adopted as children by American parents. The bill was introduced on May 14, 2019 in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Rob Woodall (R-Georgia) and Adam Smi...

nbi-sems.com 09/28/2020

Adoption Law 2020 | Live Video Webinar | 87667ER | NBI

Adoption Law 2020 | Live Video Webinar
Thursday, October 22, 2020
I will be speaking on a variety of topics, such as the affects of COVID-19 on the practice of adoption law, parental rights, and state case law to be aware of.
Register today to see what's changed in adoption practice in 2020!
https://www.nbi-sems.com/ProductDetails/Adoption-Law-2020/Video-Webinar/87667ER_2930979?crdt=AZ%20CLE&pt=1

nbi-sems.com Earn your continuing legal education credits by attending a live webinar from the comfort of your office or home on 10/22/2020 for only $389.00.

wicker.senate.gov 09/21/2020

Wicker Decries “Clear and Consistent Bias” Against Intercountry Adoptions at U.S. State Department

Senator Wicker recently spoke about issues surrounding intercountry adoptions.
https://www.wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2020/9/wicker-decries-clear-and-consistent-bias-against-intercountry-adoptions-at-u-s-state-department?fbclid=IwAR3LMHmstbuLCJXwS-gjF6B_s66gZbhEFsMg0DWD7Cpk0W45pKQCMi337s8

wicker.senate.gov Miss. Senator Calls for Hearing on Precipitous Decline in Intercountry Adoptions Approved by U.S. State Department

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2018 Speaking Engagements

2018 Lawline Webinar, March 19, 2018, Citizenship for Adopted https://www.lawline.com/course/citizenship-proceedings-for-adopted-children-pitfalls-and-practice-tips

2018 Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys Annual Conference, April 29, 2018, Recent Developments in Adoptions of Foreign Born Children

2018 National Business Institute Webinar, October 9, 2018, Adoption Law: Start to Finish https://www.nbi-sems.com/ProductDetails/Adoption-Law-Start-to-Finish/Audio-CD/80231CDRA_VACLE124100000#

2018 AILA D.C. Regional Conference, November 7, 2018, https://ailadc.org/meetinginfo.php?id=253&ts=1539031416

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