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§ 5-349. Considerations

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily Law

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)
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-349
§ 5-349. Considerations
(a) In ruling on a petition for a child's adoption under this Part IV of this subtitle, a juvenile court shall consider:
(1) any assurance by the local department to fund needed support for the child;
(2) all factors necessary to determine the child's best interests; and
(3) a report by a child placement agency, completed in accordance with Department regulations, as to:
(i) the suitability of the petitioner to be the child's parent; and
(ii) the child's successful placement for adoption with the petitioner under the supervision of the local department or its agent for at least 180 days or a shorter period allowed by the juvenile court on recommendation of the local department.
Marital status
(b) In ruling on a petition for adoption under this Part IV of this subtitle, a juvenile court may not deny a petition for adoption solely because the petitioner is single or unmarried.


Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-349, MD FAMILY § 5-349
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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