Family Formation Blog

How do I know my baby will be safe with the adoptive parents?

 

As expectant parents, you want to make sure the adoptive parents who will be raising your child will provide them with the best quality of life possible. Couples who apply to adopt a child typically do so with the truest intentions. Many can't have children on their own or...

What Are Agency Requirements for Post Adoption Contact with the Birth Mother?

For decades, the details of private agency adoption were a well-kept secret. The rationale back then originated with the idea of protecting the birth mother and child from the stigma of illegitimacy. Fortunately, times change.

What Are Some Initial Questions to Ask a Birth Mother?

As a prospective adoptive parent, your first meeting with a potential expectant birth mother can be a heady mix of excitement and anxiety. Knowing what questions to ask will help you stay focused, obtain the information you are looking for, and gain some insight into what...

What Happens at the Hospital After I Have My Baby?

Deciding to place a child for adoption both for adoptive and birth parents. One of the most common questions parents have is, “What’s going to happen at the hospital?” Encompassed here are questions about seeing the baby after it’s born, whether the adoptive parents will be...

Do I Have to Tell My Baby’s Father About the Adoption?

The decision to place a child for adoption is a difficult (and permanent) one. The birth father, if known, should have a choice in the matter, equal to your own. In several states and specific areas, including Maryland and Washington, D.C., the father must be notified of your...

“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