Family Formation Blog

Virginia Marriage Equality

On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court denied the review of the seven Federal Circuit Court rulings from the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits.  These rulings held state bans on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.  In doing so, the Supreme Court has...

D.C. Adoption Laws Draw Lesbians for Second Parent Adoptions

As recently reported by the Washington Post (an article in which I provided background information for), many lesbians from Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Ohio and other states that prohibit second parent adoption are coming into the District of Columbia to give birth so that...

The Accuracy for Adoptees Act

The “Accuracy for Adoptees Act,” requires that a Federal Certificate of Citizenship for a child born outside of the United States reflect the child's name and date of birth as indicated on a State court order or State vital records document issued by the child's State of...

Allowable Adoption Expenses in Maryland

On May 17, 2013, Governor O’Malley signed into law House Bill 563 which will help to ensure that pregnant women who are considering adoption can remain in Maryland and protect their legal rights while receiving proper nutrition, medical care and shelter during their pregnancies....

D.C. Domestic Partnership Judicial Determination of Parentage Amendment Act

The District of Columbia amended its D.C. Domestic Partnership Judicial Determination of Parentage Amendment Act (aka D.C. Parentage Act) to allow some non-D.C. residents additional adoption or parentage rights. The amendment as noted on my website in March of this year, took...

“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