If you are thinking about adopting a child, you probably have questions about exactly how adoption works in your state. Because adoption is regulated by state laws, where you live can have an impact on nearly every aspect of the adoption process, from the requirements to adopt to the adoption home study and more.
In this section, find information you need about state adoption laws, processes and more, and find the adoption services and resources you need to successfully add to your family.
As a national, full-service adoption agency, American Adoptions works with hopeful parents from across the country. To learn how we can help guide you through the entire domestic infant adoption process, contact an adoption specialist now at 1-800-ADOPTION.
|If you are interested in adopting a baby in Maryland, first you’ll need to know how to adopt a baby in the U.S.|
|If you have questions about the adoption age limit in Maryland or other adoption qualifications, you’ll want to read up on these MD adoption requirements.|
|Every hopeful family must complete a home study for adoption before adopting a child. Here’s all you need to know to ace the Maryland adoption home study.|
|Learn what you will need to complete an adoption in Maryland by reading up on our cheat sheet of Maryland adoption laws.|
|Here’s everything you need to know to get through the process of adoption finalization in Maryland to receive your final decree of adoption.|
|If you are interested in foster parenting or adopting from foster care in Maryland, here’s what you need to know about adopting a foster child.|
|To learn how to adopt a child from another country, read about different countries to adopt from and the Maryland international adoption process.|
Learn what a home study is and why you need one to adopt a child.
While adoption home studies vary slightly from agency to agency and state to state, there are several key elements that are almost always included in every home study.
Find a qualified professional in your state to complete your home study.
There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption, including the program you choose. Variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees vary for each adoption. We strive to maintain affordable adoptions without cutting corners. Please see the Our Domestic Adoption Programs section for further details.
Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.
No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.
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