Joan Hollinger

Joan Heifetz Hollinger is an Advisor to Binti. Joan is a leading American scholar on adoption law and practice, as well as on the psychosocial aspects of adoptive family relationships. She recently retired from the faculty at the University of California Berkeley Law School where she was the John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer-in-Residence and taught child welfare and adoption law and policy seminars.

Joan served on the U.S. State Department’s advisory group on intercountry adoption and has drafted model parentage laws to serve the needs of children conceived through assisted reproductive technology. Joan is centrally involved in efforts to revamp the laws governing American and intercountry adoptions, and is an prominent advocate in the courts and in the media on behalf of children who are at risk of being neglected, abused, or abandoned. She is the reporter for the Proposed Uniform Adoption Act, served on the federal Children’s Bureau task force on “Achieving Permanency for Dependent and Foster Care Children,” and wrote the ABA guide to the Multiethnic Placement Act.

Hollinger is the principal author and editor of the three-volume treatise Adoption Law and Practice (which can be found online through Lexis), co-editor of Families by Law: An Adoption Reader (NYU 2004) and has published and presented dozens of papers on contemporary adoption issues. She has served as amicus curiae on behalf of children in a number of precedent-setting adoption and parentage cases in state and federal courts. Joan received her B.A. from Swarthmore College, her M.A. from UC Berkeley, and her J.D. from SUNY-Buffalo.

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