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Maryland Adoption Laws

Code Section; Uniform Act
§5-301, et seq.; No

Who May be Adopted
Any person

Age that Child’s Consent Needed
10 years and older if the natural parents’ rights have been terminated

Who may Adopt
Any adult, even though single or unmarried. Court cannot deny petition just because petitioner is single. Married persons must act jointly unless legally separated or if one spouse is natural parent of adoptee or spouse is incompetent.

Adoptive Home Residency Prior to Decree
Not required

State Agency/COurt
Social Services Administration/Circuit or Equity

Statute of Limitation to Challenge
1 year

Inside Maryland Adoption Laws