Adoption Attorney Discusses Impact of Haiti Tragedy on Adoption

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CARMEL, IN – January 18, 2010 – Attorney Michele Jackson, who chairs the Adoption Practice Group of Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson (JHDJ Law), joined the morning show on WIBC 93.1 to discuss how the earthquake in Haiti is affecting the most vulnerable victims: children in orphanages waiting to be adopted and those who have been orphaned by the disaster.

Following the earthquake, UNICEF reported that as many as 2 million children are at risk, with 380,000 orphans in Haiti. Prior to the earthquake, approximately 300 children were waiting to be adopted by US families. Efforts are now underway to try to obtain special humanitarian visas. Jackson discussed how natural disasters delay the adoption process due to logistical problems and that countries often impose a moratorium following a disaster in order to attempt reunification of children with any surviving family. The irony is that adoptions are delayed when orphans are the most vulnerable. Limited resources in a poverty-stricken nation are even more scarce and many children may lose their window of opportunity for adoption.

Jackson is a founding member of Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson where she offers numerous legal services for domestic and international adoptions including private and agency adoptions, step-parent adoptions, second parent adoptions, and surrogacy contracts. In addition, Jackson offers other international family law services, including adoption contract reviews, international custody, abduction prevention, and orphan visa appeals. Jackson has been an Adjunct Law Professor at the IU School of Law, Indianapolis since January 2005, where she has taught classes on International Comparative Family Law and International Organizations Law. She has also directed seminars and Continuing Legal Education classes on topics such as “How to Pursue International Adoption,” “A Child Without a Family,” and “CHINS in Indiana.” A frequent speaker, Ms. Jackson has addressed audiences in Indiana, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Illinois.

JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC, is a Carmel law firm providing personalized service with a responsive and compassionate approach. Experienced attorneys offer assertive advocacy for clients complemented by a philosophy focused on minimizing conflict and negotiating resolution. The practice assists clients in all areas of family law, adoption, mediation, business litigation. For more information, please contact Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson, PC at 317.569.0770, or visit

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