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.

***ALERT***Honduras will fully be a part of the Hague starting July 1, 2019If you started the intercountry adoption proc...
04/29/2019
Honduras Ratifies the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption

***ALERT***

Honduras will fully be a part of the Hague starting July 1, 2019

If you started the intercountry adoption process before July 1, 2019, by filing a Form I-600 or I-600A or obtaining a final order of adoption of a child in Honduras you may be able to continue using the non-hague process to process your intercountry adoption with USCIS. These are referred to as transition cases. If your case is not eligible to proceed as a transition case, you will need to use the Hague process.

If your home-study is not complete, according to the USCIS you may file the I-600A and you have 1 year after it is filed to complete and submit your home-study.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/honduras-ratifies-the-1993-hague-convention-on-intercountry-adop.html

On March 6, 2019, Honduras ratified the Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption Convention (Hague Adoption Convention.) The Convention will enter into force for Honduras on July 1, 2019. The Department is determining if the United States may proc...

03/25/2019
americanimmigrationcouncil.org

How do I claim my adopted child with out a social security number?

1) If you child is a U.S. Citizen go to IRS.gov and fill out the W-7A form before filing your taxes (do that now since it can take up to a month to process)

2) If your child is not a U.S. Citizen then while you are filing fill out the W-7 and then in the SS# space fill in applied for.

https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/sites/default/files/research/the_facts_about_the_individual_tax_identification_number.pdf

02/18/2019

2019 #adoptiontaxcredit numbers released $14k credit helps #adoptivefamilies adopt. thanks to #aaaa for working to make this happen for families!

One of my Foster Care Parents wrote and published a book on her experience being a foster care parent. Follow the link b...
02/05/2019
Love Is Sacrifice: A Foster Mom's Journey

One of my Foster Care Parents wrote and published a book on her experience being a foster care parent. Follow the link below to check it out!

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Sacrifice-Foster-Moms-Journey/dp/1717825168/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542723932&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=love+is+sacrifice&dpPl=1&dpID=51UCjglYNzL&ref=plSrch

Exploring the complexities of foster care and the adoption of older children, my story exemplifies serving the Lord and trusting him even when darkening circumstances crush hope for a happy ending. This is my testimony of love, loss, conflict and restoration. All names and locations have been cha...

SPRING FORWARD FAMILY FUN DAY& REGIONAL CONFERENCENavigating Systems to Build Stronger FamiliesFamilies formed through f...
02/04/2019

SPRING FORWARD FAMILY FUN DAY
& REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Navigating Systems to Build Stronger Families
Families formed through foster care, adoption, and kinship
care, as well as social services and education professionals are
invited to a day of learning and fun!
Saturday, April 27, 9:00am-2:00pm
Science & Technology Campus of GMU, Manassas, VA
"Family Strong: Five ways to Fight the Fear, Beat the Burnout,
and Stay Focused for the Long Haul" keynote by Wendy
Besmann of Team Up for Families
Breakout sessions, activities for kids, and lunch provided
Learn more and register at
FormedFamiliesForward.org

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/latvia--latvian-government-clarifies-transiti...
01/24/2019
Latvia: Latvian Government Clarifies Transition Case Processing After Passing New Adoption Regulations

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/latvia--latvian-government-clarifies-transition-case-processing-.html

On November 8, 2018, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers enacted new adoption regulations that restrict which children may be eligible for intercountry adoption. The new regulations restrict which children may be eligible for intercountry adoption and limit intercountry adoption to children in three gr...

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/kyrgyzstan-notice--suspension-of-all-adoption...
01/22/2019
Kyrgyzstan Notice: Suspension of All Adoption Service Providers

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/kyrgyzstan-notice--suspension-of-all-adoption-service-providers.html

The Kyrgyz government notified the U.S. Department of State that it has suspended the accreditation of all foreign Adoption Service Providers (ASPs) operating in the country. Although the Kyrgyz Ministry of Labor and Social Development’s (MLSD) notice (see below) only cited a failure to submit pos...

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/reminder--senegals-suspension-on-intercountry...
01/21/2019
Reminder: Senegal’s Suspension on Intercountry Adoption Continues

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/reminder--senegals-suspension-on-intercountry-adoption-continues.html

The Office of Children’s Issues has received recent inquiries from adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents expressing interest in intercountry adoption in Senegal. However, Senegal’s adoption authority, Directrice de l’Education Suveillée et de la Protection Sociale (DESPS...

Here is a quote from a great article written in the Wall Street Journal by: Naomi Schaefer Riley "The federal government...
01/10/2019
Opinion | The White House Can Help Foster Kids

Here is a quote from a great article written in the Wall Street Journal by: Naomi Schaefer Riley "The federal government could also help foster care children find permanent homes by lowering barriers to adopting children across state lines and prohibiting discrimination against religious organizations".
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-white-house-can-help-foster-kids-1544395779

Enforce existing laws from the 1990s that require quick placement and bar racial discrimination.

01/08/2019

With tax season approaching there may be some families who have adopted in 2018 but their finalization was not able to be processed before the end of the year. That means they will not have an issued Social Security Number in time. Here are what those families need to do: Contact the IRS, they can issue you an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number. The form you need to fill out is the W-7A which can be found at www.irs.gov
It can take up to 8 weeks to receive the ATIN so fill the form out ASAP!

🎄Happy Holidays from our office to your Family!
12/20/2018

🎄Happy Holidays from our office to your Family!

SIJS Processing Times UpdatesI've filed a number of SIJS cases since May 2017 with no action.  Under TVPRA 2008, those c...
12/17/2018
Children at the Border

SIJS Processing Times Updates

I've filed a number of SIJS cases since May 2017 with no action. Under TVPRA 2008, those cases are supposed to be decided within 6 months and that is what we used to see. However, a number of factors have created the perfect storm to slow down decisions by USCIS.

SIJS cases are now all routed to the National Benefits Center, instead of decided at local Field Offices. There was a huge influx of children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador fleeing gang violence and unsafe conditions beginning in 2014: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/15/us/questions-about-the-border-kids.html. Many of those children applied for this pathway to a lawful permanent resident card. This pathway differs from asylum in that it is limited to children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one or more of their birth parents. They also have to be under the age of 18 (unless their state court extends eligibility to age 21), be placed under the custody of an individual or placed in foster care, and it has to be found that it would not be in their best interests to return to their home country.

Children at the Border - The New York Times
www.nytimes.com
Since Jan. 1, more than 43,000 unaccompanied minors have been placed with sponsors, usually parents or relatives. They remain there while their cases are being processed.

Centralization of these cases at the National Benefits Center is designed to lead to more consistent decisions, unlike in the past when similar facts would lead to different results based on which local office decided the case. However, centralization combined with a huge influx of cases have led to long delays in decisions.

Many of my clients are desperate to get authority to work, apply for college, obtain a driver's license or otherwise move on with their lives. In all of my cases, the children have actually been adopted by U.S. citizens. However, due to the delays, they are stuck in limbo.

At the fall AILA D.C. Regional Conference last week, we discussed this problem. Other practitioners report that there is no meaningful way to check the status of their case because processing times for the I-360 form decided at the National Benefits Center are not listed on the www.uscis.gov web-site. If they call the USCIS Customer Service Number, they are told to make an Infopass appointment at their local office. This is not helpful because the case is not located at the local office. One Customer Service staffer told my client to write a letter to the Vermont Service Center to inquire about the case status. This was completely erroneous because the case is being processed at a different location, the National Benefits Center. We have also found that inquires from U.S. Senators or Representatives and the USCIS Ombudsmen's Office lead to canned responses that the cases are being worked on and are in the queue.

We applaud the efforts to bring consistency to the process through centralization at the National Benefits Center. However, we strongly suggest that USCIS update the web-site and train customer service representatives to give more accurate information about case status. These vulnerable children deserve that.

The number of children crossing the U.S. border alone has doubled since last year. Answers to key questions on the crisis.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone has a fun, safe holiday filled with love!
11/22/2018

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone has a fun, safe holiday filled with love!

Great resource on #citizenship one day #saleCitizenship Day SaleSeptember 17, 2018Today only, save 10% on all publicatio...
09/17/2018

Great resource on #citizenship one day #sale

Citizenship Day Sale
September 17, 2018
Today only, save 10% on all publications.
You must use code CITIZENSHIP2018 at checkout.

This discount is only valid on September 17, 2018.
Discounts cannot be applied to previously purchased products.
The 10% discount does not apply to already discounted publications, e.g. student text books.

https://www.ilrc.org/publications

09/04/2018

AILA Fall Conference
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
University of Maryland Shady Grove Conference Center in Rockville, MD

Karen S. Law will be speaking on International Adoption

Register Today!Adoption Law: Start to Finish Fairfax, VirginiaOctober 9, 2018Presented by:Barbara C. JonesKaren S. LawJe...
08/27/2018
80231ER | Live Seminar | Adoption Law: Start to Finish

Register Today!
Adoption Law: Start to Finish
Fairfax, Virginia
October 9, 2018

Presented by:
Barbara C. Jones
Karen S. Law
Jessica Ostrander
Stanton Phillips

https://www.nbi-sems.com/ProductDetails/Adoption-Law-Start-to-Finish/Seminar/80231ER?N=0&searchTerm=80231

Adoption is an emotional process for all the parties involved. Are you prepared to assist and guide your clients through this highly emotional time in their lives? Whether you represent the birth parents or the adoptive parents, our faculty will update you on the latest adoption laws, help you under...

"I often am asked if a particular agency is a reputable agency.  The number one piece of advice that I offer is to alway...
06/18/2018
LawAdoption Blog

"I often am asked if a particular agency is a reputable agency. The number one piece of advice that I offer is to always use a licensed adoption agency if you are considering placing a child for adoption OR if you are seeking to adopt."

http://lawadoption.blogspot.com/

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06/11/2018

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