Representing LGBTQ Parents

Jennifer and Catelyn work with every kind of family, and we have extensive experience representing same-sex couples who are growing their family through any type of adoption or through ART.

Contact us today to learn more how we can represent you as you adopt or explore your ART options.

The Progression of LGBT Adoption in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

In your journey to grow your family, you may have worried, “Can gay couples adopt in my state?”

Thankfully, after decades of struggle, same-sex couples and LGBT individuals finally have equal marriage and adoption rights in the U.S. However, some states are still trying to find ways to circumvent these federal protections for LGBT families. Jennifer and Catelyn will help you to navigate the legal process of same sex adoption or ART within your state and protect your family through every step of the process.

Jennifer represents families in three jurisdictions and is familiar with all of the LGBT adoption laws within those states. Wherever you live, we can help you to grow your family.

Same-Sex Adoption in Maryland

In 2015, Maryland legally required health insurers to offer fertility treatments as a benefit, regardless of sexual orientation, and to protect same-sex couples’ parental rights. The state’s gay adoption laws also protect the adoption rights of same-sex couples and LGBT individuals.

Same-Sex Adoption in Virginia

The state of Virginia has no explicit prohibition on gay adoption by same-sex couples or second-parent adoptions, unlike many U.S. states that still have not revised their laws. However, in 2012, Virginia passed two bills into law that allows state adoption agencies to refuse same-sex couples who wish to adopt on religious grounds. Jennifer and Catelyn can help you find an agency that is LGBT-friendly, if this is the type of same-sex couple adoption you wish to pursue.

Same-Sex Adoption in Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia has strict laws protecting LGBT individuals and couples from being discriminated against when adopting or pursuing ART options. Gay and lesbian adoption undergo the same processes as a heterosexual couple adoption in D.C.

The Different Ways We Can Help You Become a Family

If you’re pursuing same-sex adoption in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, there are several ways for same-sex couples adopting to grow their family:

Aside from adoption, ART (assisted reproductive technology) is another method through which LGBT individuals and couples can become parents. Surrogacy and egg or sperm donation are increasingly common ways for LGBT families to welcome children into their lives.

There are many ways that you can become a parent. Although families often contact us already knowing which goal they wish to pursue, we can counsel you about all your options until you find the family-building option that’s right for you.

We can help you realize your dream of becoming a family, no matter what path you take to parenthood. We can help you through any type of adoption or ART process, so contact us now to learn more.

Same-Sex Adoption Laws that May Affect You, and How We Can Help

Depending on the state you reside in and the type of LGBT adoption or ART that you choose to pursue, different laws may affect you, and your legal process will vary. For gay couples adopting in VA, MD or DC, you’ll need an experienced lawyer who exclusively works with adoption and ART law and who also has years of experience representing LGBT parents.

Jennifer and Catelyn are proud to help create families throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia — whether that family has one mom, one dad, or two moms or dads. We’re here to help support and guide you throughout the adoption or ART processes so that you can realize your dream of becoming a parent.

To learn more about how we can help you with your legal needs in your journey to parenthood, contact us now.

How much does Adoption cost?

The cost of any adoption is determined by the type of adoption you are pursuing.  Public Agency adoptions tend to be the least expensive and sometimes do not cost the adoptive parents anything after subsidies, tax benefits and other factors.  A private agency or independent adoption can cost between $15,000 and $45,000.  Some of the factors that impact the cost of an adoption are whether the birth mother has medical insurance, where the adoption is being finalized, interstate requirements and the role of the birth father.

“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