Family Formation Blog

Do I Have to Do a Re-Adoption?

 

Completing an international adoption can be a tricky business. Given that adoption laws often vary from state to state, let alone from country to country, it’s easy to see how the process might become convoluted and difficult to decipher. One snag that might present itself...

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 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...

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...

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....

“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