Greenberg Traurig Austin Attorneys Facilitate Eleven Adoptions During National Adoption Month

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Greenberg Traurig Austin attorneys facilitate eleven adoptions during national adoption month.

Three attorneys in the Austin office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP participated in the 2013 Austin Adoption Day and the related local celebration hosted by the Austin Bar Association as part of National Adoption Month. Kim Davis, Elizabeth Hadley and Katy Livingston provided courtroom representation to six families and eleven children, resulting in all of the children being adopted. In total, forty-seven children, ranging from toddlers to teenagers, were adopted into twenty-eight families during the Austin celebration. Austin’s Adoption Day specifically focuses on adopting children out of foster care and into permanent homes.

“This was my first time participating in Austin’s Adoption Day,” said Elizabeth Hadley, an associate in the firm’s Government Law & Policy Practice. “It was inspiring to see attorneys from across the city come together with the shared goal of building our community by creating strong families. I thanked the families that I got to work with and was sincerely honored to be a part of their special day.”

According to the official White House website, which proclaims November 2013 as National Adoption Month, nearly 400,000 American children currently live in foster care. In addition, thousands of children age out of foster care without the security that comes from having a permanent family or a safe place to call home each year.

“As lawyers, we have a skill set and an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children and families who might not otherwise have access to legal representation,” said Kim Davis, of counsel in the firm’s Austin office. “I appreciate that the Austin Bar Association provided us with the chance to give back to our community and to help create happy endings for almost thirty Austin families.”

Katy Livingston, an associate in the corporate section added, “For me, the most impactful part of Adoption Day was hearing the personal stories that each family shared with us. Many of them had been down a long road to reach the final adoption stage. Witnessing the relief they felt at the end of their legal journey and the joy they felt at the beginning of a new family adventure was very rewarding.”

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About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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