Family Formation Blog

What are the Factors that Impact the Length of Time it takes to Adopt?

No two adoption journeys are exactly the same, just like no two children are exactly the same. The length of time it will take to adopt your child varies due to a number of different factors. Individual situations and preferences on your part and on the part of the expectant ...

Does a Sperm Donor have to Consent to a Second-Parent Adoption?

Second-parent adoptions have been around longer than many people realize because up until 2017, they had not been legalized in all 50 states. DC, for example, legalized second-parent adoptions over 20 years ago, which has led to the establishment of laws to protect all...

Is an investigation or homestudy required in a second parent adoption?

A second parent adoption happens when a second parent obtains complete parental rights without the “first parent” losing any rights.

What is required of me to be an egg donor?

As an egg donor, you have the opportunity to become an important part of a recipient family’s journey toward parenthood. Egg donors provide eggs to a family to facilitate pregnancy. The pregnancy can be carried to term by the future mother or a surrogate who carries the child...

Public Agency Adoption: Mediation Dos and Don’ts

During the public agency adoption process, mediation may be held between an adoptive family and the child’s family of birth. Mediation helps resolve potential conflicts in open adoptions, where the families are aware of one another’s identities.

Mediation is a collaboration...

“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

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