Family Formation Blog

Does My Private Agency Have to Be in the State Where I Live?

Every year, private adoption agencies help thousands of children find a loving forever home. Private agency adoption is distinct from public adoption, which takes place through the foster care system.

Intended Parent Legal Services: What Is Medical Clearance?

The journey of adoptive parents and surrogates can be a long and complex one that requires time and attention. The steps involved are usually put into place to help protect the individuals, including the Child. One of the first steps that happen in the surrogacy process is...

Can We Be Selective Regarding the Race of the Child We Want to Adopt?

Choosing to adopt a child is a huge step toward building your family. There are many preferences you must take into consideration, such as gender, age, and even race. Race is significant when it comes to a child's identity as they grow older. You have the choice of adopting a...

CHANGES TO MARYLAND ADOPTION AND PARENTAGE LAWS: SECOND PARENT ADOPTIONS JUST GOT EASIER

Family Formation Law Office is excited to announce that effective June 1, 2019, Maryland adoption and parentage laws will be changed for the better!

What Happens if There is a Dispute Over the Terms of the Surrogacy Contract?

Ever since the infamous case of Baby M. in 1986, both surrogates and those who plan to become the child's legal parents are aware of the potential for contract disputes. At that time, the focus revolved around two questions: Is it legal for a woman to receive monetary...

“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