November is Adoption Month! Adoption Information from the Maryland Department of Human Resources

November 16, 2016

Adoption is a wonderful way to build a family. People who choose to adopt are very special. They have a strong belief that all children deserve a loving family to call their own. There are hundreds of children in Maryland that want nothing more than to become part of a loving stable family.


The children available for adoption through Maryland departments of social services are often the victims of unfortunate circumstances that led to their need for new homes. Although many of the children have special needs, their greatest need is for a permanent family where they can be loved and nurtured by dedicated individuals. Your marital status, wealth, and education are not critical requirements for adoption. Only your willingness and ability to provide a permanent and loving home are required.


The Maryland public agency Adoption Program helps to match prospective Maryland adoptive families with Maryland children who have a permanency plan of adoption using the AdoptUSKids database service. Adopt US Kids, is an initiative of the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau that was developed and operated by a collaboration of nationally recognized organizations that include the University of Texas, Austin School of Social Work, Northwest Adoption Exchange, North American Council on Adoptable Children, The Adoption Exchange, and spearheaded by the Adoption Exchange Association. Adopt US Kids brings waiting children “online” through photographs and biographies. A wealth of information is also available to help you learn more about adoption.


Local department of social services staff are able to help prospective parents search for a particular child by using the AdoptUSKids database service. For example, you may request a specific age range, gender, and special needs of a child. You may also indicate if you are interested in a sibling placement. The Adoption Program also utilizes the AdoptUSKids photolisting service to feature some of the available children who are legally free. These children are photo listed locally on the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) website and nationally on


DHR staff also assist adults who were adopted in Maryland and would now like to locate their birth parents. In addition, they also help birth parents who placed a child for adoption and now want to locate that child. If you fit any of these criteria, the Maryland Department of Human Resources adoption staff is here to help you.


Foster Care


Are you interested in becoming a foster parent? Foster care provides short-term care and supportive services to children who are unable to live at home due to child abuse and neglect. DHR places children in family foster homes or group-care settings while making important decisions about their future.


The Maryland Department of Human Resources is looking for foster parents who love children and can help give children the emotional support and stability they need to grow into strong, healthy adults. There are many children in need of stable homes as permanent placements are sought. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please call DHS 1-888MDKIDS2 or 1-888-635-4372.  You can make an enormous difference in the lives of children.



Information provided by: Maryland Department of Human Resources



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The facts of each case are unique and the laws surrounding adoption can be complicated.  This article provides a brief, general introduction to the topic. It is not legal advice. For more information about your specific questions, contact Bill Fanning at Fanning Law, LLC - The Offices of William C. Fanning, Jr. - 301.934.3620 or at  


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