If you are considering adoption you are going to need to work with an adoption attorney at some point in the process.
Adoption attorneys can be either lawyers who limit their practices exclusively to adoption matters or lawyers who assist with adoption as a part of their overall scope of practice. There is no specialized training to be listed as an adoption lawyer and there is no specialty certification in adoption. The level of expertise you will need from your adoption attorney depends upon the type of adoption you are pursuing.
If you will be involved in a search for a child to adopt domestically, an open adoption or surrogate situation, or some other situation that is largely a private matter not involving the assistance of a licensed agency, you must retain a adoption lawyer. Domestic adoption is complex and preparing the correct documents are critical. It is very important to be sure that your adoption attorney understands adoption law in your state and can be an effective advocate for you with birth parents and the judiciary.
When searching for an adoption attorney, keep in mind that you are shopping for a service and you should be a critical buyer. Have an introductory meeting and be sure you are comfortable with your attorney and that (s)he has demonstrated sufficient skill and experience in adoption law. Be knowledgeable of your states adoption laws, educate yourself.
Link provides a listing of adoption attorneys who assist in the legal completion of private adoptions. This list is a network of attorneys, experienced and/or certified to handle adoptions in designated states. Link does no independent investigation of the listed attorneys. None of the attorneys are endorsed by the author.