VIRTUAL: DIY Adoption Workshop • 6 - 8 PM | Registration Closed * At Capacity*

04/23/2024 06:00 PM - 07:55 PM PT


 This event is virtual, you will receive the Zoom link after registering for this event!


Join OFC in this virtual workshop to learn about the process surrounding second-parent adoption for LGBTQ+ parents. Hear from and ask our experienced adoption attorneys who specialize in LGBTQ+ adoption and law your questions about the procedures involved in this process. In this workshop, we will be completing the paperwork together and you will have the opportunity to leave with this aspect of the process complete. 

Meet our adoption attorneys!

Emily Doskow

Emily Doskow has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989. She specializes in family formation matters including adoptions, surrogacy agreements, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and parentage, and consults with clients going through an uncontested divorce. She is the author or co-author of numerous books published by Nolo, including Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce and The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, and is a frequent speaker on LGBTQI family issues. Emily is a member of the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers, a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and a former member of the Boards of Directors of Women Lawyers of Alameda County and NCLR, where she is past co-chair. Emily also teaches mindfulness meditation to lawyers.

Deborah Wald

Deborah Wald is a Certified Family Law Specialist whose legal work focuses almost entirely on children. Her practice is divided between family formation – including egg, sperm and embryo donation, surrogacy, and adoption – and child-centered litigation including parentage disputes, guardianships, and child custody cases. She is the President of the Academy of California Adoption-ART Lawyers, and is the standing Chair of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She was named the Family Lawyer of the Year in 2022 by the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association. She has been involved for many years in both legislation and litigation that has helped frame California’s approach to determining parentage in general, determining parentage in cases involving assisted reproduction, and protecting the rights of LGBTQ parents and their children. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, Deborah lives in San Francisco with her partner of 42 years – except for the late summer and early fall, when she relocates to the Canadian Rockies to enjoy the turning of the seasons in the mountains and spend time with her younger son who lives there.



Tuesday, April 23, 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 


This workshop is virtual and will be happening via Zoom

For further information:

Contact our Programs Coordinator, Sophia (She/They) at

We strive to make our programs accessible to all families. Please register for accommodations that would help your family participate to the fullest (e.g. ASL interpreter, translator, childcare providers experienced with kids with disabilities, large print materials, gluten-free food options, etc.). If registering within 48 hours of the event, please call 415-981-1960 to ensure receipt of your request.

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