Family Formation Blog

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...

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...

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...

How Old Are Kids Who Are in Foster Care?

There are currently hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system. Their reasons for being in the system are as widely varied as their ages, which can range from infancy all the way through the age of 18 (or 21, depending on the state). Their stories can be...

How Do We Adopt a Baby?

Adoption is a family building option available to those who are unable to have a biological child or otherwise want to grow their family through adoption. As popular as adoption has become, it can still be difficult to know how to get started or what to expect during 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