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Jonathan D. Conant is an attorney with an Arizona Adoption and Placement Representation practice, and he is the Immediate Past Chair of the Arizona State Bar Association’s Juvenile Law section (2019-2021). He primarily represents parents seeking to adopt children as well as those desiring to place their children up for adoption. Foster parents have a special place in Jonathan’s heart (he refers to them as his “Angels”), and he often provides legal assistance and representation to foster placements during dependency proceedings without additional charge.
Jonathan also participates in termination proceedings, where a parent or other interested person as defined in the law seeks to terminate a biological or legal parent’s parental rights to clear the way to the adoption of the child by a step-parent or other interested party. These are certainly difficult and emotional cases, which require a great deal of care and attention to minimize the stress and heartbreak of the parties involved. Often these types of cases lead to appeals being taken, and he welcomes the opportunity to participate in those actions having an inherent knowledge of the facts and circumstances of the matter.
Frequently Jonathan lectures to attorneys and the public around the state on matters impacting upon the practice of adoption and representation in Juvenile Law matters. Handling hundreds of adoptions annually around the state and being eager to share knowledge with others, Jonathan has garnered the respect of attorneys and the courts in which he appears.
He volunteers his time with the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) on its Training and Performance Improvement Committees as an “ex officio” member, and routinely and eagerly supports the efforts of the organization including participating in trainings for ICPC workers throughout the country. Jonathan is often called upon to lecture on the ICPC and its application around the Country. He is a Member of the National Association of Counsel for Children.
In addition to his Juvenile Law practice, Mr. Conant mediates High Conflict matters privately and for the Arizona courts. He is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the Association of Professional Family Mediators. In this capacity, Jonathan assisted in Dependency Mediations when the program initiated in Mohave County, Arizona.
Jonathan frequently lectures throughout the state of Arizona and the Nation on various matters involving Juvenile Law and Practice and the ICPC.