Gainesville adoption attorney Judy Sartain has been named a fellow with the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.
The group “advocates for laws and policies to protect the best interests of children, the legal status of families formed through adoption and assisted reproduction, and the rights of all interested parties,” according to its mission statement.
Fellows for the group participate in continuing education to stay updated on the latest laws, medical advances and best practices.
Sartain has finalized more than 600 adoptions during her legal career. She began practicing law in 1995 before starting her own practice in 1996 in Dahlonega. In the fall of 2004, she decided to focus solely on adoptions.
Sartain is an adoptive mother. She is also a fellow with the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers, and Sartain serves on the board for the Hall-Dawson Court-Appointed Special Advocate program.
She said she has “spent much time with foster parent groups, child advocate agencies and other entities in order to present the case for foster parenting and adoption to the general public.”
Compiled by Clark Leonard