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§ 5-350. Authority to grant adoption

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily LawEffective: October 1, 2016

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Family Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Children (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Guardianship to and Adoption Through Local Department (Refs & Annos)
Part IV. Adoption After Termination of Parental Rights (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2016
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-350
§ 5-350. Authority to grant adoption
Consent
(a) A juvenile court may enter an order for a child's adoption under this Part IV of this subtitle only if:
(1) for an individual under the age of 18 years, the individual's guardian consents; and
(2) for an individual who is at least 10 years old, the individual consents.
Disability of party
(b)(1)(i) In this subsection, “disability” means:
1. a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an individual's major life activities;
2. a record of having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an individual's major life activities; or
3. being regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an individual's major life activities.
(ii) “Disability” shall be construed in accordance with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, P.L. 110-325.
(2) A guardian may not withhold consent for the sole reason that:
(i) the race, religion, color, or national origin of a prospective adoptive parent differs from that of the child or parent; or
(ii) a prospective adoptive parent has a disability.

Credits

Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006. Amended by Acts 2009, c. 567, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2009; Acts 2009, c. 568, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2009; Acts 2016, c. 423, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2016.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-350, MD FAMILY § 5-350
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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