Maryland Adoption Laws, pg 6

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Regulation of Adoption Expenses

Birth Parent Expenses Allowed
Citation: Fam. Law §§ 5-3A-45; 5-3B-32


In an agency adoption, the payment of a customary and reasonable charge or fee for hospital, legal, or medical services is permitted. In an independent adoption, the payment of a reasonable and customary charge or fee for adoption counseling, hospital, legal, or medical services is permitted.

Birth Parent Expenses Not Allowed
Citation:


This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Allowable Payments for Arranging Adoption
Citation: Fam. Law §§ 5-362; 5-3A-45; 5-3B-32

Except as otherwise provided by law, a person may not charge or receive, from or for a parent or prospective adoptive parent, any compensation for a service in connection with:
  • Placement of an individual to live with a preadoptive parent
  • An agreement for custody in contemplation of adoption


Allowable Payments for Relinquishing Child
Citation: Crim. Law § 3-603

A person may not sell, barter, or trade, or offer to sell, barter, or trade, a minor for money, property, or anything else of value.

Allowable Fees Charged by Department/Agency
Citation: Fam. Law § 5-3A-45

In an agency adoption, the agency may accept reasonable reimbursement for costs of an adoptive service in connection with adoption, if:
  • The reimbursement is in accordance with standards set by regulation of the Social Services Administration.
  • The ability to provide this reimbursement does not affect the acceptability of any individual for adoptive services or the choice of the most suitable prospective adoptive parent.


Accounting of Expenses Required by Court
Citation: Fam. Law § 5-3B-24

In an independent adoption, a court may not enter an order under this subtitle until the petitioner files with the court an accounting of all payments and disbursements of any item of value made by or for the petitioner in connection with the adoption.

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