Adoption & Juvenile Law

Our juvenile law and adoption lawyers provide representation for cases involving: private adoptions, step-parent adoptions, special needs adoptions, adoptions involving the Iowa Department of Human Services, representation in child in need of assistance proceedings involving child abuse and/or neglect, representing children and acting as a guardian ad litem.

Noteworthy Cases

Recent noteworthy cases handled by our adoption and juvenile lawyers include:Some of the noteworthy cases of our personal injury attorneys include:

  • In the interest of J.L., L.R., and S.G., minor children, 779 NW2d 481 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009). This case involved a termination of parental rights proceeding where the guardian ad litem and attorney for the minor children, sought review of an order of the Woodbury County Juvenile Court which held that the children could not object to the transfer of jurisdiction to a tribal court. The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that part of the Iowa Indian Child Welfare Act was unconstitutional and that the children had a fundamental interest in their physical and/or psychological safety.
  • In the interest of N.N.E., minor child, 752 NW2d (Iowa 2008). Attorney Suzan Boden represented an Indian mother who made the decision to give her child up for adoption and chose a non-Indian family to adopt her child. The Indian mother’s tribe moved to intervene in the termination of parental rights proceeding for purposes of contesting the placement/adoption of the child by a non-Indian family. The Iowa Supreme Court held that the Iowa Indian Child Welfare Act placement preferences were unconstitutional as they made the rights of the tribe paramount to the rights of the Indian mother.