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Foster Care & Adoption Under Maryland Family Law

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Foster care is an out-of-home placement program that enables the State of Maryland to assume child custody in certain situations. This program delivers short-term care and other services to children subjected to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. As foster care is meant to be a temporary program, foster children are typically returned to their natural… Read More »

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What is an Independent Adoption Under Maryland Family Law?

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Independent adoption occurs without the assistance of a child placement agency, whether public or private. A common example of independent adoption is when a divorced parent gets remarried. Independent adoption can allow the new spouse to become a parent by adopting their partner’s child. Eligibility for Independent Adoption Maryland Code of Family Law Section… Read More »

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Dissecting 3 Variations of Adoption in Maryland

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The Maryland Code of Family Law institutes a multifaceted system of rules and regulations to govern the process of child adoption. These rules and regulations exist to safeguard the best interests of any children involved as well as protect parental rights from unreasonable interference. There are three types of adoption under Maryland state law:… Read More »

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How Does Maryland Family Law Address Nonconsensual Adoptions?

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Maryland family law generally recognizes a parent’s right to maintain custody over their children. In most circumstances, a parent must abandon their child or provide consent in order for an adoption to happen. In other situations, however, it is possible for the Maryland courts to place a child for adoption without parental consent. Though… Read More »

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The Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry in Maryland

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Even though Maryland adoption laws safeguard the best interests of the children involved, there are cases where natural relatives want to reunite at a later point. That is why Maryland created the Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry (the “Adoption Registry”). Created by legal statute, this registry facilitates the exchange of confidential information between natural… Read More »

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What is an Independent Adoption in Maryland?

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Orphanages and foster homes tend to dominate any discussion concerning adoption. Whether state-funded or privately run, these facilities house and care for a large number of orphaned children across Maryland and the United States. But those facilities are not the only source for prospective adoption in Maryland. Many adoptions occur outside of the orphanage… Read More »

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What are the Requirements for Adoption Requests in Maryland?

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The legal process of adoption in Maryland involves many steps and requirements. Part of this stems from the rights of a natural parent. Absent extreme circumstances, a child’s natural parents — or their custodians or guardians — must consent to an adoption. Furthermore, the new adopting parents must go through a lengthy process to… Read More »

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