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C.J. Lyford

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Phone: 610-260-4055
Fax: 610-828-8777
Phone: 215-836-4628

632 Germantown Ave.
Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania 19444

Employment/Work Experience

  • Law Office of C.J. Lyford, 1997 to current.
    Solo practitioner: Domestic and International Adoption. Immigration and Citizenship law.
  • HIAS & Council Migration Services Of Philadelphia, 1998 to 2000.
    Pro bono legal services involving general and family-based immigration.
  • Rawle & Henderson, 1987 to 1995.
    General civil litigation.
  • Smith Kline, 1982 to 1987.
    Attorney - Liability Manager.
  • Philadelphia General Hospital, Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia Home Care Nursing, 1975 to 1979.
    Various RN positions including Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Intensive Care Unit.


  • J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1982.
  • National Law Center, George Washington University, 1979-1980.
  • B.A. Political Science/Public Policy (cum laude), University of Pennsylvania, 1979.
  • Nursing Diploma (R.N.), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1975.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Pennsylvania.
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
  • Philadelphia County, Montgomery County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.
  • Delaware Valley Adoption Council (DVAC).
  • American Adoption Congress.
  • Active member and professional contributor to numerous local and national adoption support and information groups and list serves, for example, Families with Children from China, I-Child (India), EthiopiaAdopt, etc.

Pro Bono Activities

  • Montgomery County Children and Youth Services.
  • Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP).
  • Philadelphia VIP.
  • ABA Military Pro Bono Project.
  • AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP)

Representative clients and types of cases

Who are her clients? Here are a few examples of the types of cases that she has handled:

  • A U.S. couple received a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) regarding their I-600A Application because they did not tell the social worker about a previous arrest, thinking it was expunged.
  • After a U.S. couple successfully adopted a child in Romania, the I-600 Petition was denied because insufficient evidence was provided about the birth mother's inability to adequately care for the child to meet the U.S. immigration definition of orphan.
  • A couple living in Pennsylvania wanted to adopt a child born in Korea who was in the U.S. on an expired visa and get him legal U.S. immigration status and U.S. citizenship.
  • A U.S. citizen wanted to adopt her nephew who was living in Thailand and bring him to the U.S. to live with her. As Thailand is a Hague convention country, the adoption is being processed pursuant to the Hague law.
  • A U.S. couple adopted a child from Brazil while they were living abroad and subsequently wanted to bring the child home to live with them in the U.S.
  • A couple living in Pennsylvania obtained custody and guardianship of a child born in India and needed to have the adoption finalized in Pennsylvania.
  • A single mother adopted a child from Ethiopia and needed to readopt the child or have the adoption recognized under Pennsylvania law so that the child would become a U.S. citizen.
  • A U.S. citizen married a woman from Jamaica and wanted to bring the mother and her child to the U.S. The U.S. citizen spouse subsequently adopted the child in Pennsylvania as a stepparent.
  • A U.S. couple who was living outside of the U.S. applied for U.S. citizenship for their foreign born child and the application was denied.
  • A Pennsylvania couple met a possible birth mother and needed legal guidance on how to proceed.
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