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Article - Family Law




§5–3B–21.

    (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.



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