Providing Adoptive Parents With Information About Adoptees and Their Birth Families - Maryland

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Agency or Person Preparing the Report

Citation: Family Law § 5-3A-39

The child-placing agency shall make reasonable efforts to compile any available information.

Contents of Report About the Adopted Person

Citation: Family Law §§ 5-3A-39

The child-placing agency shall make reasonable efforts to compile and make the following information available to a prospective adoptive parent:

  • All the prospective adopted person's medical and mental health records that the agency has
  • A comprehensive medical and mental health history of the prospective adopted person

Contents of Report About the Birth Family

Citation: Family Law § 5-3A-39

On request of a prospective adoptive parent, a child-placing agency shall make reasonable efforts to compile pertinent medical and mental health histories for each of the prospective adopted person's parents, if available to the agency, and make the histories available to the prospective adoptive parent.

When the Report Is Made

Citation: Family Law § 5-3A-39

If, after adoption, a child-placing agency receives medical or mental health information about the adopted person or adopted person's former parent, the agency shall make reasonable efforts to make the information available to the adoptive parent.

If, after adoption, the adoptive parent requests additional information, the child-placing agency shall make reasonable efforts to notify the former parent at the former parent's last known address available to the agency of the request and the reason for the request.

Exceptions for Stepparent or Relative Adoptions

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.