Domestic Adoption is an adoption handled in accordance with the laws of a State in the United States. Each State has its own adoption laws that govern the how an adoptive and birth family locate each other, the amount of living expenses that can be paid (if any), the consent process and revocation periods and enforceability of post adoption contact agreements. Domestic adoption can be handled by an agency or it can be a private adoption (also called independent adoption or parental placement). All three local jurisdictions (D.C., MD & VA) allow for both agency and private adoptions.
For families pursuing a domestic adoption, Jennifer will advise clients on their legal rights and responsibilities and will provide an overview of the entire process, including the home study process and the difference between private agency adoption, public agency adoption and independent adoption. She advises her clients on avenues through which to locate birth families, as well as the pitfalls and precautions to take when looking for a birth family. Jennifer works with clients at all stages of the process from initial consultations, searching families, legal issues, finalizations and ICPC. She is retained at various stages of the process to assist clients based on their needs at the time.
For birth parents, Jennifer represents expectant parents who are considering placing their child for adoption. She works with clients from an initial consultation where she can help to work through the adoption plan, providing guidance on how to locate adoptive parents and ensures their rights are safeguarded and they are provided with the support and guidance necessary to assist them in the process through the consent process and negotation of a post adoption contact agreement.