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Article - Family Law




§5–339.

    (a)    (1)    Consent of a parent to an adoption under this Part III of this subtitle may include:

            (i)    a provision barring a petitioner from learning identifying information about the parent; and

            (ii)    a waiver of the right to notice of further proceedings under this Part III of this subtitle.

        (2)    Consent to adoption entered into before a judge on the record shall include a waiver of the revocation period.

        (3)    Consent of a party to an adoption under this Part III of this subtitle is not valid unless:

            (i)    the consent is given in a language that the party understands;

            (ii)    if given in a language other than English, the consent:

                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;

            (iii)    the consent names the child;

            (iv)    the consent contains enough information to identify the prospective adoptive parent;

            (v)    the party has received written notice or on–the–record notice of:

                1.    the revocation provisions in subsections (a)(2) and (b)(1) of this section;

                2.    the search rights of adoptees and parents under § 5–359 of this subtitle and the search rights of adoptees, parents, and siblings under Subtitle 4B of this title; and

                3.    the right to file a disclosure veto under § 5–359 of this subtitle; and

            (vi)    the consent is accompanied by an affidavit of counsel appointed under § 5–307(a) of this subtitle, stating that a parent who is a minor or has a disability consents knowingly and voluntarily.

    (b)    (1)    Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, a parent may revoke consent to adoption under this Part III of this subtitle at any time within the later of:

            (i)    30 days after the parent signs the consent; or

            (ii)    30 days after the adoption petition is filed.

        (2)    Consent to adoption under subsection (a)(2) of this section is irrevocable.

    (c)    A local department may revoke consent to an adoption under this Part III of this subtitle at any time before a juvenile court enters an order of adoption under this Part III of this subtitle.

    (d)    A child may revoke consent or object to an adoption under this Part III of this subtitle at any time before a juvenile court enters an order of adoption under this Part III of this subtitle.



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