Brook and Jeff
There really are no words to adequately thank you. You were a critical element to our journey and we will be forever grateful for your guidance and kindness.
Kristen and Buster Posey
We knew we wanted to work with Megan after our first phone call with her. We did our research and talked to other attorneys and agencies but after our conversation With Megan we knew we had found a great fit for our family! We felt lucky to have found her.
Megan is a really good listener. We feel we can be open and tell her anything, and she will tell us the truth, not what we want to hear. We really respected the fact that she did not give us guarantees, and she didn’t paint a rosy picture of how our adoption journey would go. She clearly and frequently managed our expectations and supported us through some difficult decisions, always compassionate and thoughtful.
We appreciate how Megan makes a complex and emotional process feel natural and positive for everyone. As a birth mother herself, Megan helped us understand what our daughters’ birth parents were going through. She was always ready with perspective and guidance as we were building a relationship with them and their family.
I cannot recommend Megan and the Family Formation team enough! Megan helped us with all the legal aspects of our surrogacy journey: reviewing our contract with the egg donor agency, drafting the ovum donation contract, reviewing our contract with the surrogate agency, drafting the surrogate contact, and obtaining the parental court order.
Megan was truly amazing throughout!
Her prices are very reasonable, but more importantly, we found Megan to be both sharp and knowledgeable, and warm and patient. A truly rare combination.
As we were new to the surrogacy process, my partner and I had a lot of questions (and I mean A LOT!!), and Megan always explained things patiently and addressed all our concerns. It was clear from day one that she was extremely knowledgeable, and we quickly came to rely on her experience and advice. She always followed up quickly and didn’t let things drag on.
When at some point we ran into issues with our surrogate, Megan provided great advice in how to handle the situation, and help us make sure things didn’t escalate.
I cannot imagine a better partner for our long journey than Megan – sharp, experienced, warm, and highly professional!
I couldn’t be happier with the service I got and continue to get from Family Formation. I have formed an intense bond with Megan. She has also helped me connect with other birth moms around my age and in my area so I have formed a community of young women who know what I am going through. Adoption isn’t an easy choice, but Family Formation helped me to be strong. I am so incredibly thankful and grateful for their ongoing services to help me and my beautiful daughter and her family.
We HIGHLY recommend Family Formation. Before working with Megan and the Family Formation team, we were signed up with another adoption agency (for 18 months) and received very little communication from the staff and no matches with birthmothers. Family Formation provided us a complete opposite experience. After signing they guided us from the beginning starting with our profile pamphlet ensuring we communicated our story. A couple of months later, we were matched. Megan set-up realistic expectations as we journeyed with the BM through her last 2 months of pregnancy. It was a trying and emotional experience that Megan and team were there for us and the birth mom every step of the way. Because of Family Formation, we found the baby meant for us and could not imagine life any differently.
Megan and Family Formation helped us with the legal side of our surrogacy. From the very start, they were fantastic; communication was great, everything was prompt and on time, and Megan gave us a lot of great advice. The coordination of the whole process was amazing, we will definitely work with Family Formation again in the future.
My heart is so happy right now it could burst. I have waited 4 long years and my twin daughters are due in a few days. I started thinking about all of the people that made this happen and how wonderful my experience was and I can not recommend Family Formation more for your surrogacy journey. The team there takes care of everything and everyone. They are always there to answer questions, you feel safe, and you feel taken care of from a-z.
Sherry, Jonathan & Jonah P.
We could not be more grateful to Megan Cohen and the whole team at Family Formation Law Offices for bringing our son into our lives. Megan did a wonderful job of explaining her process to us, answering our many questions, holding our hands throughout the wait, and working with us through the adoption process. She is professional, knowledgable and very skilled at her work. We felt very lucky to be working with a lawyer who also understands the perspective of and works out of full respect for birthmoms. Megan’s values and discretion are solid, and we trusted her with the most important decision of our lives. We appreciated her monthly updates on progress with our adoption. Most of all, we are so pleased with how Megan managed and guided the adoption process and how smoothly it went. Thank you, Family Formation, for making us a family at last!
Rhonda, Mother of a Birth Mother
As the biological grandmother of an adopted child, I can honestly say that had my daughter not found Megan and Family Formation, the whole process of adoption would have been completely overwhelming for our whole family. Megan was there for my daughter, the baby’s father, and even us, the grandparents. She encouraged each of us to call with any questions or concerns (and there were a lot), and was exceptionally understanding. She made answering our concerns her only priority. Megan was there in person before and after the birth, and she was always, and still is, there for us, by phone or email. She found the perfect parents for our grandchild, and we couldn’t have asked for more. Megan made going through this heartbreaking experience less so, and I would highly recommend her. It’s not business for her. It’s personal, and it’s something you feel each time you speak with her.
Through a friend of a friend came a gentle suggestion to call this lawyer named Megan who may be able to offer me another option. After my first conversation with Megan, I felt like the clouds parted. A huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Megan went the extra mile with me and still is. She was never judgmental or condescending. More than anything, she wanted me to know it was my choice. I never felt like I was thrown away after all was said and done. Her qualities are genuine… refreshing for a lawyer. I won’t lie and say it hasn’t been hard. I think of my son every day and although I miss him, at least I know I gave him a chance.
Mary & James S.
From our very first phone call with Megan, it was clear to my husband and me that adoption law is not Megan’s job, it is her passion.
She has an amazing way at calming an anxious, hopeful adoptive mother (that was me!). She does not sugar coat the fact that there are no guarantees, and we found it invaluable to work with someone who was able to manage expectations. Megan truly cares and wants what is best for the baby and birth mother. Probably most important, Megan has an AMAZING team. It is a very small firm so you will get to know everyone, whether they are directly working with you or not. When you call the office, it won’t matter who answers the phone, they will know who you are and will do their very best to help you. Maura is Megan’s paralegal/case manager who worked on our adoption and I just can’t say enough. She is knowledgeable, compassionate, honest and just a joy to work with. Adoption will likely be one of the most emotional journeys you can ever go on, but in retrospect, we would do it all the same way again, starting with hiring Family Formation.
*These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. (Pursuant to Rules of Professional Conduct 1-400 and the standards adopted by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California).