Family Formation Blog

Can I Surprise My Steparent With an Adoption of Me?

It is a natural inclination of many children to desire to be adopted by their stepparent. In many cases, a stepchild would like to surprise their stepparent after going ahead on their own to get the ball rolling. While such a heartwarming gesture is a lovely idea, the laws...

What Are Agency Requirements for Post Adoption Contact with the Birth Mother?

For decades, the details of private agency adoption were a well-kept secret. The rationale back then originated with the idea of protecting the birth mother and child from the stigma of illegitimacy. Fortunately, times change.

Do I Have a Right to an Attorney Throughout the Surrogacy Journey?

Expanding your family via surrogacy is an amazing journey. As parents, you are entrusting the first nine months of growth and development of your precious child to someone else. In addition to protecting your legal rights, an attorney experienced in surrogate legal services...

Will I Be a Parent if I Donate my Genetic Material?

State laws vary regarding egg, embryo or sperm donor rights and responsibilities. The best interests of the child are made the priority in any legal determination. In order to best answer this common question, let's consider examples of each situation individually.

What Are Some Initial Questions to Ask a Birth Mother?

As a prospective adoptive parent, your first meeting with a potential expectant birth mother can be a heady mix of excitement and anxiety. Knowing what questions to ask will help you stay focused, obtain the information you are looking for, and gain some insight into what...

“I believe in working with each of my clients—in support of their family dynamic—to make the dreams of parenthood a reality. Whether you are single or married; or gay; a step-parent, a surrogate or intended parent or a child of adoption, it is my mission to serve as your advocate. With a dedication to the ethical and sensitive nature of each situation, I will help you understand the laws within Maryland or Washington, DC for adoption or surrogacy, and pledge to be your partner throughout the journey.” - Jennifer Fairfax