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Law 360: Mayer Brown Helps Disabled Child Find Loving Home

December 9, 2014

A pair of Mayer Brown LLP attorneys working with Children’s Law Center helped a severly disabled 11-year-old boy finally get adopted by a loving family on National Adoption Day. The adoption was the culmination of a four-year legal battle. Mayer Brown attorneys Laura A. Reilly and Kara N. Hoffman worked pro bono on behalf of the Taylor family, helping them jump through the hoops necessary to prove they had the capabilities of caring for John’Ta’s health needs. From Law 360:

“The attorneys reached out to The Children’s Law Center and began representing the Taylors in October 2013. The family had been in the pursuit of adopting John’Ta for years at that point, and after undergoing arduous medical training, background checks and a certification process, they were able to get the hospital to release John’Ta to their custody and were serving as his foster parents, the lawyers said.”

“I don’t think we could be happier with the outcome. Our clients are ecstatic; they’ve always felt John’Ta was their son, and now they’ve formally completed the paperwork,” Hoffman said. “The Adoption Day ceremony [was] really just a formality and a celebration of all their hard work and perseverance over the past four years.”