ABOUT KATIE JAY

Katie helps clients create their families through adoption and surrogacy/assisted reproductive technologies. An experienced litigator, child welfare and family formation law became Katie’s focus and passion after she adopted and fostered. Compassion, accessibility and attention to detail are hallmarks of the services Katie Jay, P.A. provides clients.

MY EXPERIENCE

Katie has served as a director and general counsel for a multi-state

adoption agency, represented Florida’s Department of Children and

Families as a senior prosecutor in Miami, and represented many clients in

complex business and insolvency litigation. Katie has represented a

number of organizations as amicus curiae, including the Academy of

Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Attorneys, Coalition for Intercountry

Adoption, and the Florida Adoption Council.

Katie has been published in the Wall Street Journal and has spoken and

provided trainings on adoption, both domestic and international. As a

Fellow of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys,

Katie is recognized by colleagues as a highly vetted and experienced

adoption attorney.

Katie earned her law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of

Law and BA in Government from the University of Texas.

Bar Admission: Bar Admissions: Florida state courts, U.S. District Court Southern District (Florida).

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District (Florida). U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

MY EXPERIENCE

Katie has been published in the Wall street Journal and has regularly spoken

about adoption, both domestic and international. As a Fellow of the Academy

of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Katie is recognized by

colleagues as a highly vetted and experienced adoption attorney.

Prior to creating Katie Jay, P.A., Katie served as the director of operations and

legal services for an adoption agency. Katie has also represented the State of

Florida’s Department of Children and Families as a senior prosecutor in Miami,

where she prosecuted child abuse, abandonment and neglect cases.

Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas

and her Juris Doctor from Maurer School of Law at Indiana University.

Bar Admission: Bar Admissions: Florida state courts, U.S. District Court for the Southern District (Florida).

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District (Florida). U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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INDEPENDENT ADOPTION

Independent adoption, often referred to as domestic infant adoption, has

changed a great deal in the past few decades. Indeed, children older than

infants are adopted privately, as are children of all needs and backgrounds.

Openness in adoption is commonplace now, and as openness has

increased, so has “self- matching”, whereby birth parents and prospective

adoptive parents choose each other (often online) with no traditional

intermediary, such as an adoption agency or attorney. If this is the route

you have chosen, it is important to retain an attorney as soon as possible

to create a smooth process.

An adoptive mother herself, Katie loves helping birth parents

and adoptive families expand their families through adoption.

SURROGACY & ASSISTED REPRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES

For those planning a surrogacy arrangement or sperm, egg or embryo

donation/adoption, Katie provides quality legal advice, detailing the risks

and expenses. Katie Jay, P.A. tailors agreements to meet individual

clients’ needs and satisfy Florida law. Katie represents intended parents,

including single and same-sex parents, both in the United States and

internationally.

FOSTER ADOPTION

INDEPENDENT ADOPTION

Independent adoption, often referred to as domestic infant adoption, has

changed a great deal in the past few decades. Indeed, children older than

infants are adopted privately, as are children of all needs and backgrounds.

Openness in adoption is commonplace now, and as openness has

increased, so has “self- matching”, whereby birth parents and prospective

adoptive parents choose each other (often online) with no traditional

intermediary, such as an adoption agency or attorney. If this is the route

you have chosen, it is important to retain an attorney as soon as possible

to create a smooth process.

An adoptive mother herself, Katie loves helping birth parents

and adoptive families expand their families through adoption.

When you adopt from the foster care system, you bring a waiting child

into your family. As both a former foster parent and a former attorney

for the Department of Children and Families. Katie understands how critical

foster adoption is and how impactful the commitment is to all parties.

Katie Jay, P.A. finalizes foster adoptions and also advocates for propective

adoptive parents in interventions, subsidy negotiations and competing

adoptive placements in dependency court.

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FOSTER ADOPTION

When you adopt from the foster care system, you bring a waiting child

into your family. As both a former foster parent and a former attorney

for the Department of Children and Families. Katie understands how critical

foster adoption is and how impactful the commitment is to all parties.

Katie Jay, P.A. finalizes foster adoptions and also advocates for propective

adoptive parents in interventions, subsidy negotiations and competing

adoptive placements in dependency court.

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RELATIVE ADOPTION

Many relative adoptions are completed in “dependency court,” otherwise

known as the foster care system. (For more information on relative

adoptions completed outside the foster care system, see Independent

Adoption or Stepparent Adoption.)

When you adopt a relative, you provide a stable, loving home to a child

who likely already know you. As both a former foster parent and a

former attorney for the Department of Children and Families, Katie

understands the importance of relative adoptions, how impactful the

commitment is, and special considerations for all parties in a

dependency proceeding.

Katie Jay, P.A. finalizes foster adoptions and also adovcates for

prospective adoptive parents in interventions, subsidy negotiations

and competing adoptive placements in dependency court.

READ MORE

RELATIVE ADOPTION

Many relative adoptions are completed in “dependency court,” otherwise

known as the foster care system. (For more information on relative

adoptions completed outside the foster care system, see Independent

Adoption or Stepparent Adoption.)

When you adopt a relative, you provide a stable, loving home to a child

who likely already know you. As both a former foster parent and a

former attorney for the Department of Children and Families, Katie

understands the importance of relative adoptions, how impactful the

commitment is, and special considerations for all parties in a

dependency proceeding.

Katie Jay, P.A. finalizes foster adoptions and also adovcates for

prospective adoptive parents in interventions, subsidy negotiations

and competing adoptive placements in dependency court.

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STEPPARENT ADOPTION

Florida law streamlines the adoption process for stepparent adoptions so

that the may be completed quickly and at a relatively low cost. If you are

ready to finalize your commitment to the child you care for every day,

we should be honored to help you through the process.

Katie Jay, P.A. has experience with many challenging or unusual stepparent

adoptions, including contested stepparent, adoptions arising out of

guardianship, and adoptions arising out of foreign surrogacy/gestational

carrier agreements.

STEPPARENT ADOPTION

Florida law streamlines the adoption process for stepparent adoptions so

that the may be completed quickly and at a relatively low cost. If you are

ready to finalize your commitment to the child you care for every day,

we should be honored to help you through the process.

Katie Jay, P.A. has experience with many challenging or unusual stepparent

adoptions, including contested stepparent, adoptions arising out of

guardianship, and adoptions arising out of foreign surrogacy/gestational

carrier agreements.

READOPTION

Domestication of a foreign adoption, often referred to as “readoption,”

is critical for internationally adopted children who entered on IR-4 vias.

In those cases, it is the court hearing date and resulting order, not entry

into the United State, that makes the child a United States citizen.

Internationally adopted children who enter the United states on IR-3 visas

becomes citizens automatically upon entry. Even for those children, however,

it may be wise to domesticate the foreign adoption. In Florida,

domesticating the foreign adoption facilitates applying for a Florida Certificate

of Foreign Birth, which is more easily accepted than foreign birth certificates.

In some instances, medical doctors may advise families that their child may

be a different age, or even a different gender, than what the child’s foreign

birth certificate indicates. In those instances, adoptive parents may wish

to domesticate the foreign adoption so they may apply for a birth certificate

with the correct information.

Katie Jay is experienced at international adoptions, from readoption, to

applying or amending documents with the Social Security Administration

(social security card), USCIS (Certificate of Citizenship) and the

Department of State (passports).

READOPTION

Domestication of a foreign adoption, often referred to as “readoption,”

is critical for internationally adopted children who entered on IR-4 vias.

In those cases, it is the court hearing date and resulting order, not entry

into the United State, that makes the child a United States citizen.

Internationally adopted children who enter the United states on IR-3 visas

becomes citizens automatically upon entry. Even for those children, however,

it may be wise to domesticate the foreign adoption. In Florida,

domesticating the foreign adoption facilitates applying for a Florida Certificate

of Foreign Birth, which is more easily accepted than foreign birth certificates.

In some instances, medical doctors may advise families that their child may

be a different age than what the child’s foreign birth certificate

indicates. In those instances, adoptive parents may wish to

domesticate the foreign adoption so they may apply for a birth certificate

with the correct information.

Katie Jay is experienced at international adoptions, from readoption, to

applying or amending documents with the Social Security Administration

(social security card), USCIS (Certificate of Citizenship) and the

Department of State (passports).

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