Official Press Release (GREENWOOD, INDIANA, OCTOBER 10, 2019) – As President of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (“AAAA”), we feel it imperative to comment on the case of Paul Petersen, the Maricopa County Assessor and private attorney who was indicted in Arizona on 29 counts of fraudulent schemes and three counts of conspiracy, theft and forgery related to an adoption fraud scheme. We applaud the Arizona Attorney General for reviewing and enforcing the state’s laws governing adoption practices. Every state has statutes that criminalize improper actions taken by any person involved in adoption matters and AAAA supports local efforts to have these laws enforced for the protection of all involved in adoption matters. The exploitation of Marshallese women, children, and families is not in any way representative of adoptions in the United States and results in damage to the community, families and children. AAAA strives to protect all parties involved in adoption and assisted reproduction family building efforts. This case illustrates how important it is for prospective adoptive families to work with reputable professionals in the field of adoption and assisted reproduction. AAAA is an organization of credentialed attorneys, judges, and law professors throughout the world who … Read More
Attorney Heather Strickland stopped by The Morning Blend on Wednesday to talk about the beauty of adoption and assisted reproduction. She spoke with host Alex Steiniger about the types of family-building processes MyersStrickland performs and why having an attorney is important. She also invited interested parties to attend her free “Adoption 101” workshop. For more information, including dates and reservations, please call 520-327-6041.
Heather Strickland won Inside Tucson Business’ 2019 Women of Influence/ Legal Champion Award on March 6, 2019, for her expertise in adoption and assisted reproduction law, and community outreach. Over 600 people attended an awards program at the Desert Diamond Casino to honor 58 finalists in 20 categories – from arts and education to finance, law, technology and more.
On Saturday, April 29, 2017, MyersStrickland, PLLC had the opportunity to be a part of a resource fair for prospective foster families, current foster families, kinship families, and adoptive families. The event was a collaboration between Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents, Grace Retreat Foster/Adoptive Services, and the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
Families for Private Adoption (FPA), a non-profit, is expanding to Arizona. The mission of FPA is to provide support and education to those seeking to build their families through independent (non-agency) domestic private adoption. Some of the ways in which FPA accomplishes this are through bi-annual workshops, a buddy system to help connect prospective adoptive parents with those who have successfully adopted, and social events throughout the year. FPA is an all-volunteer run organization. The President of West-Coast FPA is Alison England, an adoptive parent and social worker. She has partnered with Heather M. Strickland of MyersStrickland, PLLC to help host the very first West-Coast workshop to be held on April 22, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Estrella Mountain Community College. For more information about FPA and the upcoming training, please visit their website at ffpa.org.
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