Notifying an Unknown Birth Father in Maryland Adoptions

How does an attorney notify a birth father in Maryland if he is unknown?

Maryland requires that a birth father be notified of an adoption plan.  In Maryland, notice is given to the birth parent by service on them of a Show Cause Order from the Court, if the birth parent’s address is known.  The Show Cause Order provides the birth parent with the case number, name of the child and...

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 3:45pm

Can I complete an Adult Adoption in Virginia?

Under Virginia law only certain persons over 18 years of age can be adopted by another adult.  Adult adoptions usually involve family members, like a step-parent who has stood in loco parentis (in the place of the parent) for at least three months.  The adult adoption is also permitted for a “close relative”, which is defined as someone who is the person’s grandparent, great-grandparent, adult nephew or niece, adult brother or sister...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 9:06am

Same-Sex Couples: Do We Still Need a Second Parent Adoption??

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case Obergefell v. Hodges regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriages in the United States. In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court has legalized marriage equality for all.  Thus, same sex married couples should have their marriage recognized in all 50 states for all purposes under federal law. 

NCLR, Lambda Legal, Marriage Equality...

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 4:11pm

Consent and Revocation Periods – Ever changing but ever important.

The adoption journey involves not only a complex emotional journey but a complex legal one as well.  One of the legal complications revolves around the consent and revocation time periods that apply to the adoption.  Adoptive parents often have to think about the laws where they reside and those where their agency is licensed or the expectant family resides.  There is no single resource where one can find out all of the consent and revocation...

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 4:25pm

How does Marriage Equality impact my Adoption?

Adoption is guided by statutes established in each individual state.  There is no universal adoption law that applies similarly to each state.  This is why interstate adoptions can be complicated and require an attorney with specific experience and knowledge in the field.  In addition, if you are lesbian or gay and trying to adopt – whether through an agency, private adoption or by means of a step parent or second parent adoption, the...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:05am


“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

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