Because adoption laws vary by state, it can be tough to find resources and professionals that are specific to completing a Baltimore adoption. With that in mind, then, we’ve compiled a cheat sheet. The links to the professionals below should be all you need to get a good start on your Baltimore adoption research!
As a national, full-service adoption agency, American Adoptions can fulfill all of your needs for an adoption in Baltimore. Whether it’s counseling for pregnant women or facilitating contact between adoptive parents and birth parents after an adoption, American Adoptions completes all steps of the adoption process. If, however, you wish to look into other professionals in the Baltimore area:
If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be provided with a trusted adoption attorney to represent your legal interests. If not, here’s a list of Baltimore adoption attorneys to get you started:
As a private domestic adoption agency, American Adoptions is not involved in Maryland’s foster care system. However, if you are interested in foster parenting or adopting from foster care, we encourage you to contact one of the following Baltimore professionals:
Before any hopeful couples can adopt, they must have a completed adoption home study. A home study includes three phases: a documentation stage, a home inspection and interviews with each family member in the home. It can seem stressful, but remember — your home study provider is only there to help you on your road to adopting a child.
Here are some Maryland-licensed professionals who can complete your home study for adoption in Baltimore:
As we stated earlier, American Adoptions is a private domestic adoption agency. This means we only work to complete adoptions within the United States. However, if you are interested in adopting from another country, Baltimore citizens have a few agencies to choose from:
If you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption in Baltimore, you’ll work with your American Adoptions adoption specialist to create a hospital plan. This is like a birth plan in the sense that you’ll determine where to give birth and how, but a woman considering adoption has additional factors to consider. Do you want the adoptive family in the room with you? Would you like to nurse your baby? Your adoption specialist will help you to determine exactly how you want your day to go.
If you’re an adoptive family traveling to Baltimore, you can expect to meet the newest member of your family in one of the following locations:
Before an adoption is complete, the adoptive family will be required to attend a finalization hearing in order for a judge to grant the final decree of adoption. In the Baltimore area, this will take place at the courthouse in your county:
If you travel from out of town to adopt in Baltimore, don’t feel like you’re forced to sit around in a hotel and wait. Get out and enjoy what the city has to offer!
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