Specialized compassionate help for your adoption journey.

Michael A. Shorstein and Brian T. Kelly

Adoption creates families and saves lives. Whether you are a birth mom or an adoptive family, you need a board certified adoption attorney to help you on this journey.

Creating Positive Adoption Outcomes

  • We understand the needs of birth mothers and adoptive parents.
  • Our firm, Shorstein & Kelly, will handle everything, including the legalities, and answer all your questions regarding:
    • Matching and placement services
    • Identified adoptions (for adoptive parents already matched with a birth mother)
    • Interstate adoptions (for cases where either the birth mother or the adoptive parents live outside of Florida)
    • Stepparent, grandparent, and family adoptions
  • Birth mothers and adoptive parents alike are treated with care, dignity, and respect. Adoption is a complex process that involves more than just the preparation of legal documents.
  • Our firm practices exclusively in the area of adoption law, and we have caring, supportive and knowledgeable staff, including women adoption advisors, who are sensitive to the needs of birth mothers and adoptive parents.

Board Certified Adoption Attorneys

Michael Shorstein and Brian Kelly are respected and experienced board certified adoption attorneys who have helped more than 2,000 families with successful adoptions since 1992.

Why Adoption Law Board Certification Matters:

  • Provides important protection for birth mothers and adoptive parents
  • Distinguishes attorneys who have special knowledge, skills and proficiency in adoption law along with superior professionalism and ethics in their practice
  • Highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar
  • Board Certified Adoption Attorneys in Florida are considered experts in the field of Florida adoption law.

Honors & Affiliations

Specialized in adoption law, Michael Shorstein and Brian Kelly are:

  • Active members of the prestigious American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, an association of attorneys, judges, and law professors in the United States and Canada who are dedicated to the highest standards of practice in the field of adoption law. Membership is by invitation-only from the Board of Trustees based on criteria for excellence in the practice of adoption. 
  • Rated AV® PreeminentTM from LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, an independent national service that rates law firms throughout the country. An AV® PreeminentTM certification mark is a significant peer review accomplishment—a testament to the fact that Michael and Brian are ranked by their fellow attorneys at the highest level of professional excellence.

Michael Shorstein and Brian Kelly are the right attorneys to help guide you smoothly through the entire adoption process.