Maryland Adoption Laws, pg 8

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Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements

Use of Advertisement

Not addressed in statutes reviewed

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators

Statute: Fam. Law § 5-327(a)

  • An agency, institution, or individual who renders any service in connection with the placement of an individual for adoption, or in connection with an agreement for the custody of an individual in contemplation of adoption, may not charge or receive from or on behalf of either the natural parent of the individual to be adopted, or from or on behalf of the individual who is adopting, any compensation for the placement or agreement.
  • This subsection does not prohibit the payment, by any interested person, of reasonable and customary charges or fees for hospital or medical or legal services.

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