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F4: The Legal Creation of Family

Families take a wide variety of forms, but what legally creates a family? This workshop will discuss the legal creation and status of families, and methods of legally establishing certain types of families and contact with a child. Topics covered will include parental relationship, same-sex parents, guardianships and alternatives to guardianships, adoption, and non-parents seeking visitation with a child. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions about these topics!

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to identify different types of familial arrangements
  • Determine whether a familial relationship is socially or legally created
  • Propose solutions that could result in the creation of a familial or quasi-familial relationship

Presenter Bio:

Katherine Meger Kelsey is the Director of the Children's Law Center of Indiana and has been with Kids' Voice as an attorney since 2009. She practices, researches, and authors in the areas of juvenile law family law, and child advocacy.

Hae Lee Cho is a staff attorney at Kid's Voice of Indiana. Before joining Kid's Voice, she advocated for the rights of parents involved in child welfare proceedings as a public defender. Her work focuses on impoving madoutcomes for children by empowering families and stengthening decision-making processes in juvenile courts. She is the member of the steering committee of Indiana's National Reunification Month program which celebrates and honors Hoosoer families and professionals who made successful reunification possible. She is originally from Seoul, South Korea and currently lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two Boston Terriers.



Katherine Meger Kelsey, J.D.& Hae Lee Cho