Adoptions and assisted fertility make up 90% of Greg's legal practice. An adoptive parent himself, Greg Franklin understands the challenges and joys of adopting a child. Adoptions involve a highly emotional area of law in which any legal misstep can cause devastating effects. With more than 25 years of adoption experience, Greg's goal is to develop a legally secure plan that serves the best interests of the child and respects the wishes and interests of both the adoptive or intended parents and the birth parents or gestational carriers. Greg works extensively with LGBT clients, and has represented clients in cases which have broken new ground in this area. Greg is passionate about adoptions — he is a frequent lecturer and author on ethics and adoption-related topics and he works tirelessly to achieve a positive result for adoption families.
In his representation of birth parents, Greg will assist in locating adoptive parents, negotiating open adoption and post-adoption contact agreements, and coordinating the process with the hospital and the adoptive parents.
Greg has considerable experience in the developing area of assisted fertility, including surrogacy and gestational carrier agreements, donor embryos and eggs, and in obtaining parentage and pre-birth orders.
Greg also helps to create permanent families through stepparent and co-parent adoptions, grandparent adoptions, extended-family custody agreements, foster care and international adoptions. He will assist in selecting the right avenue for achieving adoption goals, including the decision about whether to pursue domestic or international adoption, the choice between agency and private adoptions, selecting home study resources, managing subsidy and Adoption Tax Credit issues, and locating post-adoption services.
If you or someone you know is interested in adoption or assisted fertility, please contact our firm to schedule a consultation with Greg.
To learn more about Greg's adoption practice, please visit his adoption website at www.AdoptionNY.com.
- Fordham University, J.D., 1984
- Editor-in-Chief, Fordham University School of Law Moot Court Board
- Best National Brief, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, 1983
- Grinnell College, A.B. (Political Science), 1978
- New York, 1985
- U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1985
- American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (Fellow, Past Chair, International Adoption Subcommittee, Chair, Membership Committee)
- American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (Fellow)
- Monroe County Bar Association (Trustee, Fee Arbitration and Ethics Committees, Past Chair)
- Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (Judicial Evaluation and Legislative Committees)
- New York State Bar Association (Co-Chair, Adoption Subcommittee)
- Selected to New York Super Lawyers, 2007-2010
- Matter of Baby Boy O, 162 A.D.3d 1586 (4th Dept., 2018) https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ny-supreme-court-appellate-division/1897570.html
- In re Adoption of Caitlin, Docket Nos. A-39/40-93, Docket Nos. A-41/42-93, Family Court of New York, Monroe County, 163 Misc. 2d 999; 622 N.Y.S.2d 835; 1994 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 630, January 6, 1994
- In re Adoption of Carolyn B., CAF 03-01032 , Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 6 A.D.3d 67; 774 N.Y.S.2d 227; 2004 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 3082, March 19, 2004
- Matter of Donna S., AC-14386-08, Family Court of New York, Monroe County, 2009 NY Slip Op 29009; 2009 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 27, January 6, 2009