ABOUT Dempsey Law

At Dempsey Law, we know how stressful adoption can be - we’ve experienced it firsthand as adoptive parents. But we also know how rewarding it can be. Let us help you on your adoption, surrogacy, or assisted reproductive technology (ART) journey. 

Our Team

At Dempsey Law, our team of legal professionals is ready to help you start or expand your family. We pride ourselves on our compassionate client-centered service and we’re honored to be a part of your adoption or ART journey.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help your family. Whether that’s through adoption or surrogacy, we’re committed to providing our years of personal and professional experience to help you reach your familial goals. Every family is unique, and the needs of each adoption, surrogacy, or ART process will be different. We’re ready to offer unique, personalized service to help you feel seen, heard, and well-informed as you prepare to receive a child into your family. 

Our Story

Since the opening of our firm in December 2011, we’ve helped hundreds of families start or grow their families. Our founder, Kelly Dempsey, and members of her legal team have personal experience with adoption. Kelly is a proud mother to four children, one of whom was adopted from Vietnam and another who was adopted domestically. Throughout her career at Dempsey Law, Kelly has used her personal and professional experience to promote positive change in the laws that govern child welfare. 

No stranger to international adoption (check out our Vietnam Documentary if you want to learn more) there is no better firm to help you handle your international adoption. If you're a prospective parent with a heart for adoption, fostering, or participating in ART, we'll do all we can to help you grow your family-no matter who you are or where you'd like to go to bring a child home.

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Adoption Stories

Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to be a part of forming families across the country and around the world.


See What Others Are Saying About Us

We are committed to helping clients build their families through adoption. But you don't have to take our word for it!

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Nicole was amazing to work with. She was super knowledgeable on the regulations and had an overall sense of how IAAME is interpreting them. She was organized, communicative, efficient and always met deadlines. It was super helpful to have her review the work we were submitting and also to help us brainstorm areas where we could be stronger. Having an ability to talk through things or bounce ideas off of her was really valuable. Nicole provided us a level of confidence that this process strips seasoned professionals of and she was also the calm cheerleader we needed on some days. Our agency couldn’t recommend her more.

Lisa Clark
Adopt International

In the past 2 years Attorney Skellenger has represented over a dozen of our agencies’ birth mothers in the adoption process. She has always been responsive and represented her clients competently and with compassion.

Robert C. Lamarche
Executive Director, ACF Adoptions

My husband Chris and I felt powerless as we waited to bring our daughter Laxmi home. All that changed after I called Kelly Dempsey. I knew that with her in our court, we would be empowered and equipped to move forward and become the family we dreamed of being. Kelly is tough, smart, passionate, dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable, and much respected by those involved in international adoption. She is nothing short of awesome, and we are just one of her many clients who will tell you this. I could go on and on about Kelly, but here’s the bottom line: If you want to bring your child home, hire Kelly. She will work tirelessly and fight like hell for you and your family.

Jennifer R.

Working with Kelly was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made for our family. In fact, we probably wouldn’t be a family without her. She is knowledgeable, determined, compassionate and our experience with her was the only time in our adoption process that we felt like there was someone who cared for our children the way that we did. We are forever grateful!

Megan and Josh G.

Kelly was instrumental in bringing our daughter home, helping us find the truth and overcome the bureaucratic hurdles thrown at us. She knew what to do and how to do it, and that was a lifeline for us. We wholeheartedly recommend her.

Daniel C.

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