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§ 5-3B-03. Statement of findings; purposes

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily Law

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Family Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Children (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3b. Independent Adoption (Refs & Annos)
Part I. General Provisions (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3B-03
§ 5-3B-03. Statement of findings; purposes
Statement of findings
(a) The General Assembly finds that the policies and procedures of this subtitle are desirable and socially necessary.
(b) The purposes of this subtitle are to:
(1) timely provide permanent and safe homes for children consistent with their best interests;
(2) protect children from unnecessary separation from their parents;
(3) ensure adoption only by individuals fit for the responsibility;
(4) protect parents from making hurried or ill-considered agreements to terminate their parental rights;
(5) protect prospective adoptive parents by giving them information about prospective adoptees and their backgrounds; and
(6) protect adoptive parents from future disturbances of their relationships with adoptees by former parents.


Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3B-03, MD FAMILY § 5-3B-03
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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