Family Formation Blog

Can I change my name if I am adopted as an adult?

What Are Adult Adoptions?

Adult adoptions enable an adult to enter a legal parent-child relationship with another adult who is a parental figure to them. This relationship confers all of the same rights and responsibilities as a biological parent-child relationship. For...

Getting Help from Jennifer Fairfax During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Like businesses throughout our service area, we are taking the necessary steps to protect the public during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have made key changes to our operations to ensure your safety and to comply with social distancing guidelines in our states.

I was adopted, how do I get a copy of my original birth certificate?

What is a Birth Certificate?

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 ...

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