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§ 5-3B-16. Investigation

West's Annotated Code of MarylandFamily LawEffective: June 1, 2019

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Family Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Children (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3b. Independent Adoption (Refs & Annos)
Part II. Adoption Proceedings (Refs & Annos)
Effective: June 1, 2019
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3B-16
§ 5-3B-16. Investigation
Consensual adoption petition
(a) Except as provided in § 5-3B-27 of this subtitle, before ruling on a consensual adoption petition under § 5-3B-20(1) of this subtitle, a court may order a court investigator or child placement agency to conduct any investigation that the court considers necessary.
Nonconsensual adoption petition
(b) Before ruling on a nonconsensual adoption petition under §§ 5-3B-20(2) and 5-3B-22 of this subtitle, a court shall order a court investigator or an appropriate child placement agency to investigate and submit a report that includes summaries of:
(1) the prospective adoptee's emotional ties with and feelings toward the prospective adoptee's parents, the prospective adoptee's siblings, and others who may affect the prospective adoptee's best interests significantly; and
(2) the prospective adoptee's adjustment to:
(i) community;
(ii) home; and
(iii) school.


Added by Acts 2005, c. 464, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2006. Amended by Acts 2006, c. 365, § 2, eff. June 1, 2006; Acts 2019, c. 437, § 1, eff. June 1, 2019; Acts 2019, c. 438, § 1, eff. June 1, 2019.
MD Code, Family Law, § 5-3B-16, MD FAMILY § 5-3B-16
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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