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Josie Redwine Adoption

Josie Redwine, Esq.
Georgia Adoption Lawyer

  • Adoptive Mother
  • Metro Atlanta and Statewide Georgia Adoption Attorney
  • Fellow, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA)
  • Founding Fellow, Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers (GCAL)
 

 

I have been immersed in the blessing of adoption for most of my life. I was introduced to the concept when my aunt, who founded the first international adoption program in Georgia, adopted two Korean children in the 1970’s. In 1991, my husband and I adopted our daughter from Peru. Two of my cousins have also adopted children, from Korea and from Georgia. Adoption has added diversity and joy to our family, and I hope it can do the same for yours.

I gained admission to the Georgia State Bar in 1996, and since then I have completed nearly 4,000 adoption cases. These include domestic, international, interstate, and instate proceedings. I have handled independent placements, agency placements, relative adoptions, stepparent adoptions and adult adoptions. I have represented agencies, birth parents, adoptive parents, and also served as the guardian ad litem (attorney for the child) at the court’s request.

While every adoption proceeding is a singular, emotional and significant journey in the lives of adoptees and their families, most of my cases are happily uneventful in the legal sense. A significant number have been hard-fought and hard-won in the trial court and through the Georgia appellate courts. Many attorneys who do not handle contested adoptions refer their challenging cases to me. I believe the best way to avoid an adoption disruption is to retain an experienced adoption attorney who has successfully litigated cases and thereby recognizes and addresses red flags and pitfalls early in the process. I assess and handle each case as if it can and will be contested, and I have a reputation for vigorous, tireless, and creative resolution of the few that are not without conflict.

I have served as a faculty member of the “Adoption Law and Practice” seminars sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education, speaking to other attorneys on a variety of topics, including the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and Georgia adoption law as it relates to terminating birth parent rights and adoption litigation.

Adoption Attorney

My education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia (1982) and a J.D. from Georgia State College of Law (1996). I have practiced primarily adoption law since opening my practice in 1997. I would be honored to bring my education, experience, and life lessons to helping you build your family through adoption. The sooner on the adoption path that you consult a knowledgeable, vetted attorney, the less likely you are to make costly and time-consuming mistakes along the way.

In addition to adoption services, I also assist clients with wills, estate, and elder planning. We can help new parents plan and secure their children’s future, and also help older parents and grandparents make the best plan to preserve and transfer assets.

Please contact me by telephone or email. I will be glad to discuss your specific situation and send you a proposed action plan with an estimate for legal services and costs. If you are just starting to think about adoption, a private consultation in my office is a great first step.

 

 

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