Current Clients: What to Expect During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a profound effect on businesses around the country. In many places today, companies deemed “non-essential” must cease all in-person activity immediately. This will help curb the spread of COVID-19, also called coronavirus.

Some exceptions are made for businesses that can continue their normal functions without requiring their clients to visit in person. The team at Jennifer Fairfax, LLC is able to continue many of our operations while taking steps to prevent disease transmission. However, some public agencies we work with have suspended their day to day work.

Our goal is to provide our current clients with continuity of service and personal attention. We will do everything we can to continue supporting you.

Here’s what to know about getting help during the COVID-19 outbreak:

1. We Are Continuing to Work on All Cases Remotely

Jennifer Fairfax, LLC is open for business and continuing efforts on all our current cases. We have always worked virtually using our cell phones as the primary point of contact with clients. We also conduct meetings via Skype and phone. Our outreach to hospitals, courts, ICPC offices, counsel, and colleagues is continuing via email and telephone.

2. You Can Still Set an Appointment With Us

We are accepting appointments. Email is the best way to reach us. Please direct all appointment requests to Helen: Helen@jenniferfairfax.com.

3. You Can Still Send Us Documents

You are welcome to send documents to our office by postal mail. You can also leave documents in the drop box outside the office door. If you use the drop box, please email us in advance and let us know to expect your documents. This helps us ensure their security.

4. Many Adoption Hearings Have Been Rescheduled

For your safety, courts have rescheduled appearances for April and May. Most cases are now being heard in June or July. Adoptions requiring an emergency hearing are still being heard at the earliest available dates. That includes, for example, adoptions that require a consent hearing.

5. ICPC is Still in Operation

The ICPC office is still processing referrals. Cases are taking slightly longer than before, but they still moving forward relatively fast. ICPC is doing a great job of getting adoptive parents home as soon as possible!

6. We Are Working on Contracts for ART Clients

Work is still underway for ART clients during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue with contracts and other legal requirements during this period so you are ready to go when medical procedures resume. Until then, please contact your matching program and IVF clinic staff. They will advise you on the steps you can take to continue moving forward.

7. Some Parentage Orders Are Still Proceeding

Not all courts are hearing parentage orders at this time. However, some are. We are continuing to work with courts and monitor the status of all cases. Our goal is to ensure parental rights are protected under all circumstances. We are in touch with courts as needed to obtain the necessary orders.

For Answers to All Your Questions, Contact Jennifer Fairfax

With all the changes brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, we understand you may be feeling anxious or confused. Jennifer Fairfax is here to help you.

Please don’t hesitate to send us an email or leave a message by phone, even after normal business hours. We will be in touch as soon as possible. You do not need to come to our office.

For compassionate help from adoption and ART law experts, contact us today.

“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