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Article - Family Law


    (a)    Except as provided in § 5–3B–27 of this subtitle, before ruling on a consensual adoption petition under § 5–3B–20(1) of this subtitle, a court may order a court investigator or child placement agency to conduct any investigation that the court considers necessary.

    (b)    Before ruling on a nonconsensual adoption petition under §§ 5–3B–20(2) and 5–3B–22 of this subtitle, a court shall order a court investigator or an appropriate child placement agency to investigate and submit a report that includes summaries of:

        (1)    the prospective adoptee’s emotional ties with and feelings toward the prospective adoptee’s parents, the prospective adoptee’s siblings, and others who may affect the prospective adoptee’s best interests significantly; and

        (2)    the prospective adoptee’s adjustment to:

            (i)    community;

            (ii)    home; and

            (iii)    school.

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