Foster Child Adoption Maryland
While foster children adoption falls into the category of “agency adoption” according Maryland’s adoption laws, there are several factors that distinguish these adoptions from those conducted through a private adoption agency.
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Foster Care Overview
Before adopting a child from foster care, it is important to understand that foster care is primarily intended to be short-term care, as well as supportive services, for children who have been taken from their parents because their parents are not fit to care from them. The goal of foster care in Maryland is to find a permanent solution for the children in the program, whether that solution is returning to their parents once they have proven themselves fit, placement in a children’s shelter, training for adulthood, or adoption.
Adopting a foster child
Many foster families begin taking in foster children without intending to adopt them. However, no one can predict what will happen, and occasionally the bond that develops is so strong that the foster parents and child both desire to make it permanent.
In other situations, potential adoptive parents look to foster programs for children to adopt because they hope to help a child in need, they feel that an older child would best fit their family, or they have been able to find a child to match with in such a program. Maryland foster children can be adopted by a single person, a married couple, or same-sex couples, whether or not they have children of their own.
The foster child adoption process
Adopting a foster child falls into the category of an agency adoption, in which a public agency has custody of the child. In Maryland, this agency is the Department of Social Services, and they work with the prospective adoptive family to complete the adoption process.
Some of the requirements of this process include:
- The adoptive family must undergo at least 27 hours of training and a home assessment.
- The biological parents must relinquish their parental rights.
- If the child is ten years of age or older, he or she must consent to the adoption.
- In the interim period before the adoption is finalized, the agency still retains legal custody of the child, which means the adoptive family must consult the agency before taking certain actions with their child such as seeking serious medical treatment.
- A lawyer can help you stay informed and protect your rights during this process.
Areas We Serve
The Rodriguez-Nanney Law Firm in Annapolis has our primary offices in Annapolis. However we serve residents throughout the greater Maryland area. Other cities and towns we serve include:
- Severna Park
- Anne Arundel County
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If you are considering adopting a foster child in Maryland, contact the Rodriguez-Nanney Law Firm in Annapolis today. It is important to have trustworthy legal guidance as you make such an important decision in your life and addition to your family.