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Gary Allison, an adoption attorney from Virginia Beach, passed away last Thursday. Gary was an outstanding practitioner of adoption law establishing a reputation throughout Virginia for his competency and compassion.

A Memorial Service will be help on May 20 at 5:00-8PM at the offices of Shupert Law, 1333 Laskin Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Please consider making a donation to FACES of Virginia Families in honor of Gary Allison. Read on for more about Gary and FACES, including a video of our low-cost Camp FACES that illustrates some of the work we do for adoptive, kinship, and foster families in Virginia.


gary-allison-memorialGary Allison was a native of Ohio and moved to Virginia in the 1970s. He passed the Virginia State Bar in April 1976 and began practicing law in the City of Virginia Beach. In his early career, he became a strong litigator while serving as a prosecutor for eight years for the City of Virginia Beach and then went into private practice.

Gary's compassion for children led to a successful family law practice focusing on adoption. Gary became an outstanding practitioner of adoption law establishing a reputation throughout Virginia for his competency and compassion. Gary touched many lives, not only of children in need of a family to love them, but families in need of children to love. Gary had a mutual respect with the judges and courthouse staff in the local courts and was known by his colleagues as the go-to attorney when custody and adoption cases were complicated.

He was a long time member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and represented adoptive parents as well as birth parents, touching lives not only in Virginia, but throughout the Country.

Although Gary was known as a workaholic during most of his career, he traveled and hiked throughout the world and practiced and instructed yoga. Three years ago Gary was diagnosed with a rare cancer and fought it while savoring each day enjoying life. Gary retired in November 2013 and moved with his Wife, Cornelia, to Canada, while undergoing treatment in Seattle, Washington. Gary passed away April 23, 2015.

Gary was a credit to his profession and to humanity and he will be missed.


FACES of Virginia Families provides educational, advocacy, and support services to families caring for children unable to live with their birth parents. We are a non-profit organization with advanced ruling 501 C(3) status and recognized as a corporation by the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

FACES provides free assistance and direction to anyone who calls, runs low-cost weekend camp for adoptive families, educational webinars, training to foster parents--including matching them with a more experienced family to mentor them, advocacy, and more. Below is a video from Camp FACES in 2014.

NewFound Families

Adoption, Foster, and Kinship Association
PO Box 85
Ashland, VA 23005
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