Adoption is a legal process by which a person or couple becomes the legal parent(s) of a child who is not biologically related to them. In Maryland, adoption is regulated by state law, and there are certain requirements that must be met in order for an adoption to be approved. Here is an overview of Maryland adoption laws:
In Maryland, any adult who is at least 21 years old can adopt a child. Married couples may adopt jointly, and unmarried couples may adopt jointly if they have lived together for at least two years. Same-sex couples are also allowed to adopt in Maryland.
There are several types of adoptions available in Maryland:
In order to adopt in Maryland, prospective parents must meet certain requirements, including:
The adoption process in Maryland varies depending on the type of adoption. Generally, the process involves:
In Maryland, birth parents have the right to:
In some cases, birth parents may also have the right to ongoing contact with the child through an open adoption agreement.
Adoption can be a complex and emotional process, but it can also be a rewarding way to build a family. If you are considering adoption in Maryland, it is important to work with an experienced adoption attorney or agency who can guide you through the process and ensure that your rights and the rights of the child are protected.
Here at Blackford & Flohr, we have extensive experience in family, and specifically adoption, law. We are based in Severna Park, MD, and have helped families throughout Maryland with the adoption process. Call us today to discuss your MD adoption case: (410) 647-6677.
We can help with the following situations:
If you would like to learn more about potential adoption options and the basics of adoption law, feel free to check out these resources:
If you need help with your Maryland adoption case today, please email us or call us at (410) 647-6677. A Maryland adoption attorney with Blackford & Flohr will provide a free, no-obligation consultation.