Maryland Adoption Information

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Adoption in Maryland

You`re interested in adoption, but you`re not sure where to start. In Maryland, you have several options for adoption available. The first thing you must decide is the type of adoption you are interested in. Do you want an infant or an older child? Do you want to adopt domestically or internationally? These decisions will determine where you start.

Maryland Older Child Or Special Needs Adoption

There are many children waiting for an adoptive family. They are currently in foster care until their permanent family can be found. For the purposes of adoption special needs has a broader definition than in the medical community. In Maryland adoption special needs includes older children, children of all races, or children who are part of a sibling group that needs to be adopted together, along with children who have a physical or emotional disability that requires extra attention.

Maryland requires that you complete 27 hours of training prior to taking placement of a special needs child. These classes are intended to teach you the issues that special needs children may have and how to handle them.

Maryland International Adoption

With so many countries that you can adopt from, it is important to do your research and work with an agency that is experienced in adoptions from the country you`re interested in. Each country has different regulations, terminologies and time frames. Working with the right agency will make your adoption go much more smoothly. The agency must be licensed in Maryland.

Maryland Infant Adoptions

If you are interested in domestic infant adoption, or are a birth parent who would like to make an adoption plan, you can do so through a licensed adoption agency, or through an adoption attorney. Be sure that any attorney that you choose has experience in adoptions in Maryland.

If you are a birthparent who is planning to place your child for adoption, contact an adoption attorney or an adoption agency to make an adoption plan. It is their job to look out for the best interest of you and your child.

If you feel you are unable to care for your child, but are unable to make an adoption plan, Maryland has a Safe Haven law. This law allows to you take your infant (up to 3 days old) to any responsible adult such as a priest, preacher, lawyer or family physician, a hospital, fire dept., etc. The responsible adult shall take the child to a hospital.

Maryland Adoption Home Study

A home study is a procedure you will go through regardless of the type of adoption you decide to pursue. This procedure allows the agency to help you decide what child would be the best fit for your family. While the questions are very personal, and may seem nosy, they are necessary to give your adoption the best chance of success. There will be questions about your financial status, employment history, your marriage (if applicable), your health as well as criminal background checks and fingerprinting. The agency that completes your home study must be licensed in Maryland.

Maryland Adoption Registry

Maryland maintains a Mutual Consent Voluntary Adoption Registry. The Registry searches for individuals whose information matches. If a match occurs, the identities of the parties are confirmed and the information is released to the interested parties. Registration is handled through the Maryland Department of Human Services.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in Maryland.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples in or near Maryland in the listing below, provided as a service of

Couples Hoping to Adopt in Maryland

View profiles of hopeful adoptive parents or create your own adoption profile today on (A service of Adoption Profiles, LLC).

Featured MD Couples from Parent Profiles
Julie & Dan  (from MD)
We are Julie and Dan. We've been married for 10 years and have always dreamed of being parents. We look forward to helping a child grow in a nurturing and loving home. We are so grateful that you...[more]

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Children Waiting for Adoption in Maryland

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in Maryland who are hoping to be adopted.

We're sorry, Maryland does not currently feature children in The Photolisting. Contact your state officials if you'd like to see children waiting for adoption in the photolisting.

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Visitor Comments (11)
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Debora - 2 months ago
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I am very interested in the Baby Cuddling program to offer much needed TLC to a little one. I am in Carroll County, MD, near Baltimore County and Howard County. I would also consider traveling to Baltimore City or Frederick County. Thank you for any help #1
C. Johnson - 3 months ago
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Interested in the baby cuddled program in Baltimore Co., MD (West) #2
Debbie ballengee - 3 weeks ago
I need to know if this me and my brother #3
Carol - 3 months ago
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I would love to be a baby cuddler in the Severna Park/Annapolis, MD area. Thank you! #4
cheryl - 1 year ago
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looking for biological parents and or siblings. I was born on Aug.5th1963 under the name of Patricia according to the birth certificate I was born in Prince George county Maryland. The case workers name was Virginia S. Kirchoff #5
Jessica - 3 months ago
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I would like more information on baby cuddlers in Montgomery County, MD please. Thanks! #6
Sandra - 3 months ago
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I would like more information on baby cuddlers in the Baltimore area as well. Thanks #7
Lisa - 3 months ago
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I would like more information about being a baby cuddler in the Gaithersburg/Rockville/Germantown area. Thank you. #8
Miriam - 3 months ago
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Hi! I'm interested in becoming a baby cuddles in the Germantown/Gaithersburg area...please let know how can I get more information thank you! #9
Guest - 2 years ago
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If two people are just living together and the woman adopts two children. The man does not have his name on anything. The woman takes the children and moves out. Is there any way the man that is in the children's life. Can get visitation? He is the only father figure they have. And he helps them financially. I don't even know how she was able to adopt, she is 63 he is 62. The children involved are 10 and 8...they think of these two as their Mom and their Pap... is this right? Because I'm not thinkingnthat it is..... #10
Melanie - 3 months ago
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Was wondering where I could find more information on your baby cuddler volunteer opportunities in the Pax River Maryland area #11
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