Open Adoption and Post Adoption Contact

If you are considering adoption for your baby, you have probably come across the term “open adoption.” What does open adoption really mean? And how does it relate to post adoption contact?

Open adoption is an increasingly common type of adoption that allows you to meet or obtain information about the adoptive family and vice versa.  Post Adoption...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 12:00am

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.  Thus, same-sex married couples marriages are recognized in all 50 states for all purposes under federal law. 

NCLR, Lambda Legal, Marriage Equality and many other leading...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 3:11pm

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...

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 2:45pm

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...

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 9:06am

Know the facts on International Adoption Visas

When you adopt a child through an international adoption, there are two main types of visas issued by the U.S. government, either an IR-3 or an...

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 1:09pm


“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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