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Michael S. Goldstein, LCSW


Rye Brook, NY, USA


MICHAEL S. GOLDSTEIN is an Attorney, New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and adoptive father of three who concentrates his practice in adoptions. During the past 30+ years, Michael has been involved with over 2,500 successful adoptions, which include domestic, agency, international, readoption, single parent, two parent, second parent, and foster care adoptions. Michael's representation has assisted clients to be successful in adopting within the United States and other countries through advertising, word-of-mouth, internet, and contacts with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA; a nationally recognized group of adoption attorneys), as well as with many adoption agencies. In 2007 Michael and his wife, Joy, co-founded "Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc.," a New York and Connecticut licensed adoption placement agency and resource center. 

Michael, who received the prestigious 2006 Congressional "Angels in Adoption" Award, is one of only three attorneys nationally to be approved by the U.S. Department of State to provide adoption services under the Hague Treaty. He is a founding member, past Board Member, and current Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA), founding member of the New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation, Governor Emeritus and Legal Advisor of the Adoptive Parents Committee, and has appeared on national television and radio as an adoption expert.  Michael is also a partner of The Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS), the founder of the Foster Teen Employment Network (FTEN), a board member of the Port Chester Community Services, an Advisory Board member of the Westchester Children's Association, and a member of the Rye-Brook/Port Chester Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.  In addition, he is also a frequent lecturer and contributing author for the Tri-State Adoptive Parents Committee, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Jewish Child Care Association/AMETZ, National Infertility Network Exchange, Resolve (American Infertility Association), and Wanna Be Moms/Wanna Be Dads at The Center for Gay and Lesbians.  Michael has authored articles and chapters in publications such as the Consumers Report, "AdopTalk" Monthly Newsletter, and the New York City Bar Association's Continuing Education Program "What Every Lawyer Should Know About Adoption." 

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