Dear Bryant & Bleier, LLP

I am writing to thank your for your participation at the NYC Adoption Fair. The raffle was a great idea and I understand from our staff that it attracted people to our informational table. Your follow-up letter to all those who enrolled, was also very thoughtful and we hope it will generate callbacks from interested applicants.

Thank you for your support of our adoption program in your work with our families throughout the year.


Mary Ellen McLaughlin

Assistant Executive Director

Dear Bryant & Bleier, LLP

On behalf of the Adoption Department Staff at St. Chrisohper's Inc. I am sending this letter to say "Thank-You" for a job well done. Our agency was able to maintain an "Outstanding Rating" in our Adoption performance with Administration for Children's Services. We appreciate all of your efforts that were made on behalf of the agency for this past fiscal year. Your willingness to work as a team with our staff and our Adoptive families was tremendously appreciated. We look forward to another year of success with your help.

As always, thank you for your hard work. It is appreciated.

Thank you,

Shirley Johnson, CSW, MPA

Assistant Program Director

Dear Cliff,

I met with ACS yesterday and the program has attained a rating of excellent for adoption. As we all know the process of finalization an adoption entails the collaboration of many stakeholders. On behalf of the children we serve and the Coalition I want to thank you for all your support during this past year. Your professionalism and concern for the issues impacting the Coalition are truly appreciated. Have a good holiday with your family and we are looking forward to another year of success.


Jose Morales, Program Director

Dear Bryant & Bleier, LLP

This is a thank you for all you have done for Lakeside during the past calendar year.

Lakeside achieved a "Very Good" in its ACS Adoption Evaluation by finalizing 67 children, securing docket numbers and through discharge to parents.

Your efforts, cooperativeness and willingness to extend yourselves are reflected in our achievement.

Thank you for all you do.


John Mullarkey, CSW

Director of Research and Ancillary Services


I wanted to send you a HUGE thank you for participating in last Saturday's LGBTQ Families Info Fair at the Queens Pride House!! It was a fantastic event! Families shared very positive feedback about enjoying meeting other families, gaining useful information, and looking forward to acting on some of the great ideas that were raised in the dialogue. We could not have done this event without you - you provided folks with valuable information, helped guide them in their families' journey, and of course your wonderful, playful energy was much appreciated! Stay tunes for an email including the full notes that we took during the event, including ideas for next steps.

My social work internship at Center Families is coming to an end. It has been a true pleasure to work with all of you on this event and in other contexts. Thank you for all you bring to this work! I will miss it here at Center Families, but it makes me rest assured that there are so many amazing people (like you!) who will continue to put so much in to the work. I am excited to hear about the exciting programming that will happen in the future.

Thank you so much!



Dear Cliff,

On behalf of CDHS,I would like to thank you for representing a fantastic workshop at our MAPP Leader Seminar on August 21 and 22 in Albany. As you can see from the enclosed evaluations, the participants who attended your workshop for your content to be very informative and useful. They also really liked you!  I might add that our participants tend to have very high standards for presenters since most of them are trainers themselves. We at CDHS try our best every year to offer a lineup of workshops that are relevant and enjoyable to our target audience, and your workshop was certainly a big part of our success this year.


Helen Shin

Senior Trainer

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please accept this letter as a formal nomination for Bryant & Bleier, LLP to receive the Angels in Adoption Award. I have known Bryant & Bleier, LLP in a professional capacity for a period of time exceeding ten years. During that time, we have successfully completed more than 500 public adoptions together for children in the foster care system. Bryant & Bleier, LLP has handled each family and all related Social Work staff with confidence, respect, and poise. He has made our work together manageable and fluid which ensures success for all families. Additionally, he has consistently made himself available for inquiries and on-going consultation.

Bryant & Bleier, LLP brings a personal and charismatic touch to all of his work. He is single-handedly playing the role of mother and father for his own son and daughter, and exemplifies the delicate balance that is parenthood and professionalism. Bryant & Bleier, LLP enters all professional arenas with great vigor for the preservation of family, life, and Family Law, which is not only honorable but entwined in the fabric of his practice.

Bryant & Bleier, LLP enthusiasm for families is nothing less  than contagious, and is manifested in his practice. He is the author of two adoption focused children's books My Grandma is My New Mommy, and I See You, I See Me, and lectures for free at several Human Services Agencies and Adoption Conferences in New York City and State; and has even taken his lectures all the way up to the State Capital.

In the summer of 2010 Bryant & Bleier, LLP partnered with Center Families, a Program of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center as a Legal Expert Consultant. He is now hosting a monthly Family Law Clinic at the program where he is assisting several LGBTQ identified parents and prospective parents become familiar with their parenting rights and options; a large quantity of these parents are exploring parenting through same-sex adoption or second parent adoptions. The Center is proud to work with Bryant & Bleier, LLP and I am personally grateful to have yet another opportunity to work so closely with Bryant & Bleier, LLP. He is undoubtedly in the forefront of one of the watershed issues of our times, equal rights for the same sex couples and is doing incredibly important work toward that end by educating and representing so many same-sex couples in New York State.

The adoption community, the entire field of social services, family law, and human services is extremely lucky to have such a compelling, caring, and energetic Attorney in their corner. It is with great pleasure, honor, and distinction that I nominate Bryant & Bleier, LLP for the Angels in Adoption Award.

Shanequa Anderson, LMSW, MPA, CASAC

Center Families Coordinator

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Smart, tenacious, kind, emphatic attorney representing numerous LGBTQ families for adoptions and known donor agreements. Cliff has written two LGBTQ children's books on adoption and same-sex marriage. Congressional award winner, lecturer at over one dozen agencies and LGBTQ Centers, true and forever ally and friend to the community. Single father to two remarkable children. An extraordinary human being.

Sally A.


I am still so happy from Tuesday! You are a fun attorney, too, which added a lot of joy to the entire process.


Good morning Cliff,

I just read the dedication on your book and you had me crying here. So beautiful!!!!

Thank you for sharing this book with us. I will share it with our foster parents and with our staff. Thanks!!!!!

Angela Al-Khamash

Homefinding Training Coordinator

Sheltering Arms Children & Family Services