Family Formation Blog

Adopting During COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a major impact on how adoptions are conducted in the United States. The basic adoption process remains the same, following rules set by each state. But the need to keep birth parents, prospective parents and the child safe means some key details have changed.

New Adoptive Parents: Getting Support

Congratulations! Completing the adoption process is a tremendous life milestone for you and for your child. It's often the case that the process is so consuming, new adoptive parents focus all their time and energy on it. When it's all over, the future can seem daunting. What...

How to Start the Process of Step Parent Adoption

Step parent adoption is one more marker on the path to blending two families into one harmonious whole. No matter how long you've been in a relationship with your partner, it is important to pursue step parent adoption because it confers unique parental rights. This lets you...

Starting Step-Parent Adoption? You Might Not Need to Notify a Bio-Parent

Maintaining a positive relationship with the other bio-parent of your child is not always possible. In many cases, despite your best intentions, you might find the other bio-parent is irresponsible and unreasonable. This can raise questions as you move forward with...

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...

“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