Adoption in Maryland

Maryland Adoption, Home Studies and More

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Adoption Services for
Birth Parents and Adoptive Families

Are you in the Free State and want to learn more about your adoption options? Lifetime Adoption is a nationwide leader in modern adoption and can explain what adoption looks like today. Are you considering placing your child for adoption? Are you interested in adopting a child? All you need to know about adoption you can find at Lifetime Adoption.

Pregnant and Considering Adoption in Maryland

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You have a lot of decisions to make if you have just found out you are unexpectedly pregnant. It is important that you really understand your options before you take a course of action. It can be helpful to consult with family, friends, and the baby’s father, but be prepared for a lot of different and sometimes strong opinions. At the end of the day, remember, the choice is up to you.

It can help to talk to someone who is not so personally involved, like a Lifetime coordinator. Someone who can calmly listen to your story and ask you some thoughtful questions to help you work through your options. Take a minute to call, text, or contact Lifetime via the online form. A Lifetime coordinator will be there to support you and explain open modern adoption.

What is the Adoption Process in Maryland?

It’s easy to get your adoption process started, just call, text, or go to the Lifetime online form. Expectant women or those who are currently struggling to parent in Maryland can reach out to learn more about the adoption process. You will connect with a supportive adoption coordinator ready to help.

Your coordinator will show you how to access adoptive family profiles online. She can also send profiles or choose a family for you that she feels is a good match. You can look at families who live in Maryland or anywhere else across the nation.

If you are going to be placing your newborn for adoption, you will want to have a hospital plan in place before the birth. This will include:

  • Notifying the hospital of the adoption.
  • Deciding how involved you would like the adoptive parents to be.
  • Deciding who will be in the delivery room with you and hold the baby first.
  • Do you want a room in the maternity ward or a different area of the hospital?

In addition to your coordinator helping you create a hospital plan, she will make sure you have your own attorney to explain your rights regarding the adoption and take care of all legal paperwork for you.

What if it is not a newborn you want to place, but you are struggling to parent an older child, special needs child, or a sibling group? Don’t worry. There are wonderful Lifetime families interested in adopting a toddler, sibling group, or older child. You can even have a professional counselor create a plan to make the transition easier for the child at no charge.

Open Adoption in Maryland
Parenting might not be right for you, but that does not mean you have to say goodbye to your child forever or not know how they are doing. Open adoption is a beautiful way to place your baby for adoption. You choose the adoptive parents for your child and can receive updates, pictures, and even occasional visits. To create your adoption plan, your coordinator may ask questions such as:

  • Do you want a family of a certain faith or race?
  • Do you want a family that values travel or education?
  • Do you want your child to grow up in the country or in the city?
  • Are there pregnancy-related expenses you could use some help with?

Placing your baby for adoption is not easy, but it is a very loving and brave choice. Many birth parents have created close relationships with the adoptive families of their child. For example, one of our wonderful birth mothers became engaged and asked if her daughter could come to the wedding. Her daughter was so excited to be there, and it shows how close they all are as the adoptive father walked the bride down the aisle.

Help With Pregnancy Expenses and More
Kim was not in a good relationship and wanted out when she found out she was expecting. Now, she felt trapped because she had nowhere to go and had added expenses. She still didn’t want her baby to be brought up as she had been. Her adoption coordinator let her know that in the state of Maryland, some pregnancy-related expenses may be covered, such as.

  • Fees for adoption hospital, counseling, legal, or medical services
  • Transportation for medical care due to the pregnancy or birth of the baby
  • Reasonable expenses for clothing, food, and shelter for a birth mother if the birth mother cannot work or support herself due to medical reasons impacting the pregnancy or birth of the child

In Maryland, counseling for the birth mother is always available both before and after the adoption is final at no cost to the birth mother.

Families Wanting to Adopt in Maryland

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Are you in Maryland and see yourselves adopting a newborn, sibling group, or child up to the age of 6? Contact one of the nationwide leaders in modern, open adoption, Lifetime Adoption. Lifetime will help you make your adoption dreams come true.

Starting the Adoption Process

Fill out our simple online application to get started. It’s easy, free, and does not obligate you in any way. This short application will be reviewed by Lifetime, and once pre-approved, your journey can begin. First, a Lifetime representative will contact you and will introduce the Lifetime Adoption process to you.

Guided by Mardie Caldwell, the founder of Lifetime Adoption, Lifetime coordinators have vast experience leading families through the adoption process created by Mardie. This program was created to help adoptive families and birth parents after experiencing adopting her son over thirty years ago.

Adoption Laws in Maryland
Maryland adoption laws are not something you want to tackle on your own, so your coordinator will refer you to legal representation in Maryland.

Typically, in Maryland, the timeline for legal documentation and the timeline for adoption are as follows:

Relinquishment papers can be filed as soon as the baby is born. Revocations cannot happen thirty days after the birth parent signs the consent or thirty days after the adoption petition is filed with the court.

Maryland Home Studies
Every state requires a home study. This is a legal document that is filed with the court. Generally speaking, a home study is required to confirm your ability to become a parent to an adopted child and to confirm you have a safe and healthy home in which to raise a child.

A home study may include but is not limited to:

  • Conduct at least three visits at the home of the prospective resource parent, with one home visit including a meeting with each resource parent individually and other visits that include the following:
  • An interview with the entire family
  • 27 hours of preservice training
  • A tour of the adoptive family’s house
  • Obtain three personal references, two references from a personal interview and one reference from a relative
  • Verification of income
  • Verification of marital status, if applicable
  • A health inspection of the home by the local health department
  • Criminal Background Checks
Lifetime Adoption staff look forward to guiding you through the adoption process. Whether you are considering placing your baby for adoption or are hoping to grow your family through adoption, Lifetime will be here to support, educate, and help you access the resources you need.

 

 
 

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