"Whether a parent gives birth or adopts a child, children are our future, our hearts and souls must go into the rearing of all children and the key, always always the key is love."
Cliff believes that families are the core of our society. Accordingly, he believes in the creation of families of all different types. All people deserve love, and all kids deserve happy homes. Cliff has performed over 4,000 adoptions including foster care adoptions, second-parent adoptions, adult, step-parent, and LGBT adoptions. Cliff has been recognized by The Forestdale Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, The New York State Foster and Adoptive Parent Association Inc., The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Super Lawyers, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and others. Additionally, Cliff is a distinguished published author for children's books. He authored "My Grandma is My New Mommy," "I See You, I See Me, "Living the Dream with Mommy and Mama, and "Freedom for Us All."
In 2015, a landmark US Supreme Court Case captioned Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court held in a 5-4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.Thus, same-sex marriage became legal in the U.S. Today, many same-sex couples are seeking adoptions and the creation of families.
In New York, there are foster care agencies, adoption agencies, fertility clinics, and sperm banks that specifically work with the LGBT community. Cliff can help recommend and make arrangements for these services.
It is important to understand the significance of adoptions especially for same-sex couples in which only one spouse is the chid's biological parent. In NY, the doctrine of the "marital presumption" would award legal parental rights to the non- biological parent. However, these legal rights do not carry any legal significance in countries in which same-sex marriage is not yet recognized. Thus, if the same-sex family were to travel or move abroad to a country in which gay marriage is not legalized, the parent-child relationship would not be recognized. Based on an ILGA World study conducted in 2015 there are currently 75 countries in which gay marriage is banned and not recognized. Thus, even though same-sex marriage is now legal in the U.S., it is still important for same-sex couples to complete the adoption finalization in order to be awarded protections in all jurisdictions internationally.
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