Family Formation Blog

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...

Consent and Revocation Periods – Ever changing but ever important.

The adoption journey involves not only a complex emotional journey but a complex legal one as well.  One of the legal complications revolves around the consent and revocation time periods that apply to the adoption.  Adoptive parents often have to think about the laws where they...

How does Marriage Equality impact my Adoption?

Adoption is guided by statutes established in each individual state.  There is no universal adoption law that applies similarly to each state.  This is why interstate adoptions can be complicated and require an attorney with specific experience and knowledge in the field.  In...

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...

“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