Family Formation Blog

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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...

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...

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