Dedicated to Making a Difference
The law office of Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. has endeavored to set the standard of excellence regarding adoptions in Indiana and throughout the country. We truly understand adoption and it’s intricacies and provide each member of the adoption triad with the attention and care they deserve.
As adoption lawyers, we recognize the emotional nature of what is involved and provide a number of resources for prospective birth mothers to relieve them of some of the stress and anxiety associated with adoption.
Meet the Kirsh Family of Attorneys
Steve Kirsh has practiced adoption law in Indiana for 40 years and has changed the face of adoption by making adoptions handled by attorneys a viable alternative to the then monopoly of adoption agencies. He has been shaping adoption law in Indiana, having written the preliminary draft of nearly all adoption legislation in Indiana since the early 1990s. Steve realized that both expectant parents and prospective adoptive parents wanted more control and involvement in the process than was then offered by adoption agencies.
Steve married his high school sweetheart, Jacque, more than 40 years ago. They have been together since they were 16 years old. They have 3 sons – Josh, Grant, and Tyler, 4 grandchildren – Anna, Holden (aka “Duke”), Brogan, and Ezra and 2 “daughters-in-law” – Emley, and Elizabeth.
In addition to the practice of adoption law, Steve loves his family, including his dog Henry, and cats – Big & Hank. Henry regularly visits the office. He works out almost every day and plays golf at Crooked Stick and enjoys building and flying radio-controlled airplanes.
Steve has an easy smile, more grey hair than he likes to admit to and is ALWAYS available to answer questions about adoption and golf!
“Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right!”–Henry Ford
Joel Kirsh has been practicing adoption law, along with his brother Steve, for over 30 years and loves the emotional satisfaction of helping everyone involved in the adoption process. In addition to newborn adoptions, he assists with step-parent, grandparent, adult, and other relative adoptions as well as formalization of international adoptions.
Joel also assists with Assisted Reproductive Technology Law including Gestational Carrier arrangements and other Surrogacy related matters.
Joel met his wonderful wife, Holly, at a fitness facility and they have been married over 28 years. They have three great children: Trevor, Olivia and Harrison and two “energetic” Golden Doodles: Jack and Zoey.
Joel loves hanging out with his family and friends and enjoys playing many sports including basketball, golf, tennis and working out. He is a huge fan of IU Basketball and Football as well as the Colts and Pacers.
“444….Life Is Good”– Myron Kirsh (Joel’s Dad)
Growing up as the son of an adoption attorney, Grant Kirsh has been surrounded by adoption his entire life. As a second generation adoption attorney, he enjoys continuing his family’s legacy in Indiana.
Grant focuses his work on private newborn adoptions and foster care adoptions.
Grant grew up in Carmel, Indiana, graduating from Carmel High School, Indiana University for his Bachelor’s Degree, and Indiana University School of Law for law school. He is married to Emley, whom he has known since high school, and they have a daughter, Anna, and a son, Brogan.
Grant loves his family very much and enjoys spending the weekends with them on the lake, walking on the Monon and playing in the yard. Grant coaches his kids team sports. Grant, Emley, Anna and Brogan have 3 dogs – Daisy, India and Big Bear.
Rob Kirsh has been practicing law for 19 years, 13 of which in adoption law, beginning while he lived in Memphis, Tennessee. As Steve and Joel’s younger brother, Rob has, quite literally, watched them practice adoption law since he was a teenager.
In addition to his Indiana-based practice, Rob is also admitted in Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, and Tennessee, working with expectant moms, adoptive parents, attorneys, and adoption agencies on Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, and Tennessee interstate/ICPC and intrastate adoptions. He travels to the Bluegrass State, Great Lakes State, Magnolia State, and Volunteer State regularly.
Rob earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Indiana University, his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Tulsa College of Law, and his Master of Science in Management (MBA) degree from the Purdue University Krannert Graduate School of Management.
Rob and his wife Amy live in Carmel, Indiana. Their daughter Campbell, and their son Hudson, are students at Carmel High School. Their goldendoodle Wilson loves belly rubs, car rides, and going to the office with Rob. Rob is an avid cyclist (indoor and outdoor). Rob is also an instrument-rated Private Pilot, and flies the firm’s Columbia 350 airplane for adoptions in his five states, from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
To Rob, there is no more fulfilling type of work. He loves helping expectant moms turn challenging situations into positive ones, creating loving adoptive families, and working with his family and other adoption professionals to do the same!
The Heart of Our Operation
*Phoebe has joined her many puppy friends in doggy Heaven. She was the most loyal member of the Kirsh and Kirsh family, and will forever be remembered as Emley’s furry companion.
Her sweet and gentle spirit lives on in our office. We are so thankful for the sixteen years we shared with her.*
Phoebe is the doggy matriarch of the Kirsh & Kirsh office. Phoebe is Emley and Grant’s 15-year-old Golden Retriever. She is the oldest of all the dogs in the Kirsh Family (and maybe in the entire world).
Phoebe is attached to Emley’s hip. She spends most of her day laying on her bed next to Emley’s desk, unless Emley walks down the hall, then Phoebe will lay in the hall until Emley goes back to her desk
If you ever meet Pheobe, she loves to be petted. She is 1/2 blind and selectively deaf. If you give her a treat she will love you forever.
I’m Hanna, one of Steve & Jacque’s dogs. Yogi is my twin brother. Jacque and I thought it best if we told Yogi he was their favorite dog, so please just go along with that if he mentions anything to you. At the office, I am responsible for greeting office guests, sleeping in the hallway and allowing my brother, Yogi, to chew on my face to keep him busy and out of everyone’s hair. My favorite color is squirrel.
Yogi, Steve & Jacque’s favorite dog. Don’t tell Hanna that though. A typical day at the office for me includes barking at anyone who comes in the front door or side door. I also stand guard at the side door looking for anything to bark at. Aside from that I like to chew on my sister’s face. If you come to the office I will want to sit on your lap.
Crystal has worked at K&K for over 25 years. She assists our interstate clients and with step/kinship adoptions.
Crystal is honored to be the mother of Lexi, Lily and Sam. She and her fiancé, Ryan, love to cook and to entertain family and friends. Outside of work, Crystal enjoys gardening, working out, hiking, boating and to explore new places.
Crystal strives /has dedicated herself to making the adoption process as easy and pleasant to our families/clients. She is “blessed” to be part of the family at Kirsh & Kirsh.
Olivia is a paralegal who specializes in the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC). She has been with Kirsh and Kirsh since 2016, previously holding titles such as Receptionist and Adoption Plan Coordinator.
She was born a Buckeye and transplanted to northern Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she met and married her High School sweetheart, Keegan. Together they have two sons: Keller and Hayes, and two dogs: Meeko and Minnie. She frequently refers to her children as being her “sunshine’s” as they light up her life. Her passions include spreading laughter with her “Olivia” humor, training for marathons she never plans on running, and “AMRAP”ing at her box.
Olivia is thankful to be a part of the Kirsh & Kirsh family and have their immeasurable support.
Emley has been a Paralegal at Kirsh & Kirsh for over ten years and focuses on the DCS/Foster Care adoptions. She was raised in Carmel, Indiana, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Indiana University, graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Emley and her husband, Grant Kirsh, have two wonderful children who always keep them busy and laughing, and two sweet old dogs with too many health issues to count.
Emley loves spending time with her family, traveling (especially to the beach), working out, bringing home rescue dogs, and is always happy to have an art project to work on. She loves her job and is passionate about helping foster children gain the permanency in a family they all deserve.
Jill is the adoption reconnection specialist and the billing specialist at Kirsh and Kirsh. She is Steve’s and Joel’s and Rob’s sister and Grant’s aunt and has had the pleasure of working with her family making families for over 17 years.
Jill stayed at home as a mom until her youngest started school. She then became a substitute teacher in the district where her daughter attended school. She loved being a substitute teacher but when her brother, Steve, approached her to fill in while Jennie, their recently retired bookkeeper of over 20 years, was getting ready to have a baby, he asked if she could be the bookkeeper while Jennie was on maternity leave.
Besides being the bookkeeper she has done many jobs here at Kirsh & Kirsh but found her passion about 14 years ago when she took the role of adoption reconnection specialist. She loves talking to and helping people so it has been a perfect fit for her.
She has four wonderful children and 2 amazing grandchildren and she thoroughly enjoys spending as much time as possible with them. In her free time she enjoys exercising, dancing, swimming, crocheting, knitting, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Annie is the bookkeeper for Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. She attended Brigham Young University in Idaho, where she met her dear husband, Craig. Annie has over 15 years of experience in the legal field serving in the roles of paralegal, legal assistant, and deputy clerk for the Hamilton County Clerk’s Office.
She is the proud mother of four wonderful children (Nick, Ben, Josh, and Becca), three lovely daughters-in-law (Katie, Becca, and Alex), one sweet son-in-law (Matt), and eight beautiful grandchildren (Grace, Madeline, Aubrey, Finn, Blake, Amelia, Emery, and Emma).
Annie and her husband live in Utah, where she is able to stay connected to her Kirsh family and work remotely. They enjoy hiking, kayaking and the beauty of the outdoors. She loves learning about nutrition and good health practices, but most of all, she loves time with her family. Seeing other families created through adoption brings great joy to her.
Claire is the Receptionist and Coordinator at Kirsh & Kirsh, P.C. Helping parents build a family through the beautiful process of adoption brings a smile to her face every day.
She is also a part-time student at the Kelley School of Business in downtown Indianapolis, pursuing a degree in Marketing and International Business. She is eager to continue her studies while following her passion of helping others.
Claire was raised in Carmel, Indiana but is a Minnesota native and true Vikings fan at heart. Outside of work and class, Claire loves working out and staying active, whether is running, practicing yoga, or riding her bike in the summer. Most of all, she spends much of her time with family, friends, and her dear cat, Luna.
Rachel is a Paralegal and Intrastate/DCS Adoption Specialist. She was born and raised in Chicago, but moved to Indianapolis after graduating from the University of Indianapolis.
She has been a member of the Kirsh & Kirsh family since 2017, and is informally a “Kirsh” (jury is still out on whether or not she filed her own adoption).
Her son, Christian, is her greatest joy outside of her four legged companions: Tank and Kira (dogs), and Tanner (cat).
Outside of her devotion to expectant mothers and adoptive families, you will find Rachel baking and cooking, enjoying guided runs (are they really enjoyable, though?), and laughing with her closest friends.
Kirsh & Kirsh has become family to Rachel, and she is appreciative of their ever present love and support.