National professional organization of attorneys with over 350,000 members (an estimated 50% of all U.S. attorneys); founded in 1878.
Members are attorneys, law professors, judges and others. The ABA is divided into committees, or categories, ranging from administrative law and regulatory practice to the young lawyers division. Generally, attorneys handling independent adoptions fall under the family law or general practice categories.
The American Bar Foundation is an affiliate of the American Bar Association. Created in 1952, this organization performs studies and research on legal matters.
The ABA offers books, pamphlets, audiotapes and videotapes on a wide variety of topics. The Rights of Foster Parents, a pamphlet produced by the ABA in 1989, describes legal issues concerning the adoption of foster children by foster parents.
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