According to state regulations, Maryland families who want to become adoptive or foster care families must complete a minimum of 27 hours of training.
Also, please note that if you are considering a domestic adoption, you don’t have to be a US citizen but you must be a legal resident in the country.
To contact a department, please use the lists below: For foster care information, refer to the Maryland Department of Human Services foster care information.
Please keep in mind that there is no universal orientation provided by the state of Maryland.
Families don’t have to own a home either; they can be renters.
You must decide whether you prefer to work with a public or private agency.
There is no state cap on fees in Maryland, so private agencies are free to set their fees upon their discretion.
In many cases, the child’s state may reimburse families or pay directly to the agency for some or all the fees associated with the placement and finalization of adoption.
The best way to decide which agency is best for you and your family is by contacting some of them directly and attending their information sessions or orientations.
There are more than 23 departments of social services locations and 33 licensed private agencies throughout Maryland.