Family Formation Blog

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...

Know the facts on International Adoption Visas

When you adopt a child through an international adoption, there are two main types of visas issued by the U.S. government, either an IR-3 or an IR-4.

Birth Parents: A few things they should know before making an adoption plan

Making an adoption plan is a courageous and frightening decision.  If you are thinking about or have made a decision to place your child for adoption you should be aware of some of your rights.  An adoption attorney can provide you not only an overview of your options but can...

November is National Adoption Month

National adoption month began in 1976 when the then governor of Massachusetts, Michael   Dukakis, announced a   weeklong  celebration of Adoption for Massachusetts.  Later that year President Gerald Ford proclaimed that Adoption Week would be celebrated nationally. According to Child...

“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