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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Wishing you a happy holiday season from our office to your family! 🎄
12/21/2020

Wishing you a happy holiday season from our office to your family! 🎄

St. Kitts and Nevis has become the 103rd country to accede to the Hague Adoption Convention.
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.

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...

South Africa has recently lifted their moratorium on intercountry adoption. They have also instituted new procedures reg...
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.

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...

Check out these great gift ideas in the 2020 Holiday Gift Guide by Adoptive Families! If you shop at the Dave Thomas Fou...
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

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?

Listen to this podcast about how to minimize your adopted or foster child's anxiety and stress during the holidays.
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.

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...

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=

So often, the #adultadoptees who speak up about their #intercountryadoption experiences tell tales of wishing they had n...
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.

For Parties Interested in Seeking Department Designation as Accrediting Entities, to Accredit and Approve Adoption Service Providers in Intercountry Adoption

Some newly adopted infants have a difficult time transitioning to a new home. This article provides good advice on how t...
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.

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.

New article on our blog about the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019!
11/02/2020
Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019

New article on our blog about the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019!

breaking news about adoption, intercountry adoption, immigration, children in crisis, adoptive parents profiles, articles, foster care

Great advice for prospective adoptive parents who are meeting an expectant mother for the first time -
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 -

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=

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=

Breaking news! USCIS enjoined from October 2nd fee increases by federal court.
09/30/2020

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

The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 is a bipartisan bill which would fix a loophole that denies some adoptees the right ...
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/

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...

Adoption Law 2020 | Live Video WebinarThursday, October 22, 2020I will be speaking on a variety of topics, such as the a...
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

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.

Reminder!Fee changes for adoption cases, effective as of October 2nd!#USCIS #adoption
09/14/2020

Reminder!
Fee changes for adoption cases, effective as of October 2nd!
#USCIS #adoption

09/14/2020
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=

08/17/2020
#uscisnews #feechanges #adoption
08/17/2020

#uscisnews #feechanges #adoption

South Africa Announces Temporary Moratorium on Intercountry AdoptionsLast Updated: June 2, 2020The Department of State, ...
06/15/2020
South Africa Announces Temporary Moratorium on Intercountry Adoptions

South Africa Announces Temporary Moratorium on Intercountry Adoptions
Last Updated: June 2, 2020
The 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 May 11, 2020, the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has instituted a temporary moratorium on all intercountry adoptions “during the state of national disaster.” We are currently seeking more clarification on how this will impact cases in progress. We understand SACA will not issue any new Article 17 letters at this time. However, once the moratorium has been lifted, priority will be given to all applications received prior to the moratorium. At this time, the Department of State has not received specific information about a timeframe for when Intercountry Adoptions in South Africa will resume, but we understand DHA plans to lift the moratorium once the travel restrictions are relaxed within the country.

Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for information. We will update this site as new information becomes available. For questions about this notice, please email the Office of Children’s Issues at [email protected] .

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/south-africa-announces-temporary-moratorium-on-intercountry-adop.html

The 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 May 11, 2020, the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has instituted a temporary moratorium on all intercountry adoptions “d...

05/18/2020
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=

05/11/2020
travel.state.gov

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/NEWadoptionassets/pdfs/FY%202019%20Annual%20Report%20.pdf

💐 We are here to celebrate all the moms out there! Happy Mother’s Day!
05/10/2020

💐 We are here to celebrate all the moms out there! Happy Mother’s Day!

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of...
04/27/2020
USCIS Response to COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We continue to carefully analyze these issues and to leverage our resources to effectively address these challenges within our existing authorities. DHS also continues to take action to protect the American people and our communities, and is considering a number of policies and procedures to improve the employment opportunities of U.S. workers during this pandemic.
Generally, nonimmigrants must depart the United States before their authorized period of admission expires. However, we recognize that nonimmigrants may unexpectedly remain in the United States beyond their authorized period of stay due to COVID-19. Should this occur, the following options are available for nonimmigrants:
Apply for an Extension. Most nonimmigrants can mitigate the immigration consequences of COVID-19 by timely filing an application for extension of stay (EOS) or change in status (COS). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services continues to accept and process applications and petitions, and many of our forms are available for online filing.
If You File in a Timely Manner. Nonimmigrants generally do not accrue unlawful presence while the timely-filed, non-frivolous EOS/COS application is pending. Where applicable, employment authorization with the same employer, subject to the same terms and conditions of the prior approval, is automatically extended for up to 240 days after I-94 expiration when an extension of stay request is filed on time.
Flexibility for Late Applications. USCIS reminds petitioners and applicants that it can consider delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic when deciding whether to excuse delays in filing documents based on extraordinary circumstances.
Under current regulations and as noted on our Special Situations page, if a petitioner or applicant files an extension of stay or change of status request (on Forms I-129 or I-539) after the authorized period of admission expires, USCIS, in its discretion, may excuse the failure to file on time if it was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond their control, such as those that may be caused by COVID-19. The length of delay must be commensurate with the circumstances. The petitioner or applicant must submit credible evidence to support their request, which USCIS will evaluate on a case-by-case basis. These special situations have been used at various times in the past, including for natural disasters and similar crises.
Please see 8 CFR 214.1(c)(4) and 8 CFR 248.1(c) for additional information on late requests to extend or change status. In addition, please see our Form I-129 and Form I-539 pages for specific filing and eligibility requirements for extensions of stay and changes of status.
Flexibility for Visa Waiver Entrants. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) entrants are not eligible to extend their stay or change status. However, under current regulations, if an emergency (such as COVID-19) prevents the departure of a VWP entrant, USCIS in its discretion may grant a period of satisfactory departure for up to 30 days. Please see 8 CFR 217.3(a). For those VWP entrants already granted satisfactory departure and unable to depart within this 30-day period because of COVID-19 related issues, USCIS has the authority to temporarily provide an additional 30-day period of satisfactory departure. To request satisfactory departure from USCIS, a VWP entrant should call the USCIS Contact Center.
For other policy updates, operational changes, and other COVID-19 information, please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus.

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended routine in-person services to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS plans to begin reopening our offices

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