Hello and welcome!

For over 25 years, I have been helping build legally secure families through adoption and assisted reproduction. My law practice, located in Beaverton, Oregon, is dedicated to family formation law, which encompasses many types of adoption and surrogacy matters. My clients, who hail from Oregon and all over the U.S., as well as from numerous countries around the world, create and grow their families in a multitude of ways.

I work with all kinds of families, world-wide, in these areas of family formation law:

  • All forms of adoption
  • Surrogacy
  • Assisted Reproduction

How can I help you? By providing you with personal, protective, creative, highly ethical legal representation as you look at growing your family through adoption or surrogacy.Our children mean the world to us.Whether working with a birth parent, adoptive parents, intended parents or surrogates, I work hard to protect my clients and take pride in providing them with competent, ethical, caring, and personal legal services.

My clients are making choices and decisions that will be with them for life. As their attorney, I share my knowledge and expertise with them so they become empowered to make the choices and decisions that are right for them. I invite you to contact me as you begin your journey.


 

In The News

Oregon’s paid surrogates are choice for same-sex couples around world

By Amy Wang | The Oregonian/OregonLive 

Tamara Belfatto of North Plains was a gestational surrogate last year, carrying a baby for a couple from another country. She and her husband, Andrew, have one child, Arianna, 2. (Benjamin Brink/The Oregonian/OregonLive)

Tamara Belfatto of North Plains was a gestational surrogate last year, carrying a baby for a couple from another country. She and her husband, Andrew, have one child, Arianna, 2. (Benjamin Brink/The Oregonian/OregonLive)

Oregon has a pre-birth procedure for amending a birth certificate so it bears the names of the intended parents and not the surrogate’s. The procedure, devised by Beaverton lawyer Robin Pope about eight years ago, allows the intended parents to bypass a court hearing through a process called declaratory judgment.

As a result, establishing legal parentage is “very straightforward” in Oregon, Pope said. The procedure puts Oregon “really ahead of quite a few states,” said Judy Sperling-Newton, director of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA) and an owner of The Surrogacy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Read the Full Article


“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” Elizabeth Stone