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This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

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Statute Text

Article - Family Law
(a)    (1)   Consent of a parent may include a waiver of rights to notice of:
(i)   the filing of a petition under this subtitle; and
(ii)   further proceedings under this subtitle.
(2)   Consent to adoption under this subtitle is not valid unless the consent:
(i)   is given after the prospective adoptee is born;
(ii)   is given in a language that the party understands;
(iii)   if given in a language other than English:
1.   is given before a judge on the record; or
2.   is accompanied by the affidavit of a translator stating that the translation of the document of consent is accurate;
(iv)   contains an express notice of:
1.   the right to revoke consent, at any time within 30 days after the consent is signed;
2.   the search rights of adoptees and parents under § 5-3B-29 of this subtitle and the search rights of adoptees, siblings, and parents under Subtitle 4B of this title; and
3.   the right to file a disclosure veto under § 5-3B-29 of this subtitle;
(v)   except as to an adoption by a spouse of the prospective adoptee’s parent or a relative of the prospective adoptee, states that the parent has been advised of the parent’s rights to:
1.   have independent counsel; and
2.   receive adoption counseling and guidance;
(vi)   states whether the parent chose to have or not have counsel or counseling; and
(vii)   is accompanied by an affidavit of counsel appointed under § 5-3B-06 of this subtitle stating that a parent who is a minor or has a disability gives consent knowingly and voluntarily.
(b)    (1)    (i)   Subject to subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, a parent may revoke consent at any time within 30 days after the parent signs the consent.
(ii)   A parent may not revoke consent for adoption of a prospective adoptee if:
1.   in the preceding year, the parent has revoked consent for or filed a notice of objection to adoption of the prospective adoptee; and
2.   the child is at least 30 days old and consent is given before a judge on the record.
(2)   A prospective adoptee may revoke consent at any time before a court enters an order of adoption under this subtitle.