Helping clients navigate their family building journey


What are some basic legal issues about surrogacy?

You want to make sure that your attorney can and does advise you about the relevant laws in the state in which you reside and/or the state where the surrogate lives and will deliver.  You want to be working with a surrogate who lives and will deliver in a surrogacy friendly state.  You also want to be assured that your surrogacy agreement is drafted by the attorney with the relevant state language contained therein. 

Types of Adoption

There are two types of adoption generally described as International and Domestic.  Domestic adoptions are either Agency or private adoptions. International Adoptions are generally handled by an agency but can sometimes be done privately.   


How long will private adoption take?

There is a wide variety of waiting periods dependent upon a host of controllable and non-controllable factors. Generally, the average waiting period to be matched with a birth mother expecting a child is 12 – 24 months. Waits can be dramatically shorter or longer depending on individual situations and client’s specified parameters for adoption such as gender preference, race, age of adoptive parent, number of children in family, financial limitations, and state of residence of adoptive parents and birth parents.


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Deciding to build  your family through adoption or with the use of third party reproductive assistance is both exciting and stressful. For individuals or couples considering adoption, assisted reproductive technology or surrogacy as a means to achieving their family building goal, there are often many steps to work through and details to consider before starting the process.  Each of these processes takes time, patience and persistence.  Having an experienced, client centered attorney like Jennifer guide you through this journey can help minimize risks and reduce problems that could arise. 

Jennifer Fairfax is an accomplished family building attorney licensed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and has experience in helping clients explore adoption and assisted reproductive technology options. If you are adoptive or intended parents, she can guide searching parents through each step of the journey to help make your family complete. She offers legal counsel on all adoption options, and assists in navigating the avenues available in locating birth parents, surrogates, intended parents and, if preferred, working with a reputable agency. If you are interested in being a gestational carrier, Jennifer can help you get started down that path.

To read what other clients have said about Jennifer's work with them you check out the testimonials on this Website.  

If you are birth parent who has decided to make an adoption plan, Jennifer can advise you of the options available for locating a family and advocate for you in the adoption process.  Jennifer offers all birth parents who are considering adoption a free phone or in person consultation to discuss their options.  She has represented many birth mothers and birth fathers during her career and can provide birth parents with a sounding board for an adoption plan, explain legal rights in a private placement and advocate for you through the process.

Jennifer has handled lesbian and gay legal issues for her entire career.  She has handled second parent adoptions for gay, lesbian and heterosexual clients all across Maryland, Virginia and in the District of Columbia. She can provide you a smooth road to securing your legal rights as parents in either jurisdiction. She actively participates in LGBT forums and roundtables and speaks to other legal professionals on the legal and ethical routes to securing gay and lesbian parenting rights.

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“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