Family Formation Blog

Does My Private Agency Have to Be in the State Where I Live?

Every year, private adoption agencies help thousands of children find a loving forever home. Private agency adoption is distinct from public adoption, which takes place through the foster care system.

Can We Be Selective Regarding the Race of the Child We Want to Adopt?

Choosing to adopt a child is a huge step toward building your family. There are many preferences you must take into consideration, such as gender, age, and even race. Race is significant when it comes to a child's identity as they grow older. You have the choice of adopting a...

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...

How Much Does an Adoption Cost?

Costs for adoption can vary depending on several factors. International adoptions can be more (or less) expensive than domestic adoptions. Adopting a special needs child, an infant, or a sibling group, for instance, may all carry different costs. Most of these are wholly...

What Are the Requirements to Adopt from a Private Agency?

Adoption is an amazing and thoroughly fulfilling way to grow your family. However, the process can be something of an enigma. From private through foster adoptions, international, and other adoption types, requirements can change. This may leave you wondering exactly what the...

“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