Family Formation Blog

How Old Are Kids Who Are in Foster Care?

There are currently hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system. Their reasons for being in the system are as widely varied as their ages, which can range from infancy all the way through the age of 18 (or 21, depending on the state). Their stories can be...

What Are the Requirements to Adopt from a Private Agency?

Adoption is an amazing and thoroughly fulfilling way to grow your family. However, the process can be something of an enigma. From private through foster adoptions, international, and other adoption types, requirements can change. This may leave you wondering exactly what the...

What is a Home Study?

Home studies are an essential component of the adoption process. They can seem somewhat intimidating, as it means an outside party will be poking into your daily routine, your family dynamics, and even your finances. It’s just one part of making sure that every adopted child...

How Do I Give My Baby Up for Adoption?

Adoption can be an excellent option for pregnant women who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to take on the responsibility of raising a child at this time in their lives. Many families have been created because a pregnant woman decided that the best choice for herself and...

Overview of Virginia Adoption Laws

Adopting a child, while wonderfully rewarding, is a complicated legal process. It often requires guidance from experienced attorneys and professionals. All adoptions in Virginia begin with a home study and conclude with a finalization of the adoption. 

Home Studies for Adoption...

“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