Adoption proceedings in the State of Maryland are allowed between a natural mother and step-father, a natural father and step-mother or any other family member or person who wishes to adopt a child from the natural parents. It is important to note that consent must be given by BOTH natural parents before a child may be adopted by a third person.
This is true even if one of the parents is not active in the child's life. In this situation, notice must be given to the non-participating parent and legal proceedings help to have that parents parental rights terminated before any adoption may proceed.
In addition, it is general practice for the court to require an in-home assessment of the child's living surroundings. Generally adoption is a very emotional time and is best handled by an attorney. Ms. Kelsey can assist you with such proceedings in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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