Family Formation Blog

How Long Does an Adoption Take?

One of the most stressful and trying parts of adoption is the waiting. It can takes months, even years, for the adoption process to move from the intake phase to finalization. There are several factors that can impact how long it takes to complete the adoption process. As you go...

How Do We Adopt a Baby?

Adoption is a family building option available to those who are unable to have a biological child or otherwise want to grow their family through adoption. As popular as adoption has become, it can still be difficult to know how to get started or what to expect during the...

Open Adoption and Post Adoption Contact

If you are considering adoption for your baby, you have probably come across the term “open adoption.” What does open adoption really mean? And how does it relate to post adoption contact?

Notifying an Unknown Birth Father in Maryland Adoptions

How does an attorney notify a birth father in Maryland if he is unknown?

Maryland requires that a birth father be notified of an adoption plan.  In Maryland, notice is given to the birth parent by service on them of a Show Cause Order from the Court, if the birth parent’s...

Can I complete an Adult Adoption in Virginia?

Under Virginia law only certain persons over 18 years of age can be adopted by another adult.  Adult adoptions usually involve family members, like a step-parent who has stood in loco parentis (in the place of the parent) for at least three months.  The adult adoption is also...

“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