Annapolis Adoption Attorney
Providing the Seasoned Legal Counsel You Need
Choosing to grow your family through adoption is an incredibly exciting and momentous decision. However, the adoption process can be lengthy and complex, with an extensive list of laws and statutes to take into account. The Law Office of Patrick Crawford can provide legal counsel that helps minimize the anxiety you may be feeling. Our Annapolis family law attorneys focus on the fine print and complications so that you can fully experience the joys and challenges of parenthood.
We would be honored to join you on this journey. Call (410) 656-6227 today.
Understanding the Adoption Process in Maryland
Our dedicated team is able to outline the adoption options available to you. Together, we can consider what the best route is to meet your specific needs.
Some of the possibilities we can explore together are:
- Adoptions from foster care
- Adoption exchange
- Private adoption
- Adoption through an agency
- International adoptions
In Maryland, any adult is able to adopt regardless of relational or marital status. For married couples, both adults must consent to the adoption unless they are legally separated. If the child involved in the adoption is 10 years of age or older, his or her consent is required for the process to be completed. During adoption proceedings, Maryland court prioritizes the best interests of the child and their overall well-being.
Assistance for Birth Mothers
If you are considering the option of adoption when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, we know it can feel overwhelming and be unclear where to even start. A family law attorney can be an invaluable resource when it comes to understanding your rights and guiding you through the process.
Maryland law allows for birth mothers involved in an adoption to receive assistance for:
- Legal representation
- Pregnancy and birth related medical expenses
- Adoption counseling
- Relevant living and transportation costs
You do not need to enter into this process alone. We can help craft an adoption plan that takes care of your needs and places the child in a safe and loving home.
Careful & Competent Care
At The Law Office of Patrick Crawford, we work to fully understand your concerns and then do what we can to create an adoption plan to best meet the needs of your family. Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or are eager to grow your family through adoption, our Annapolis family law attorneys have the knowledge necessary to guide you through the process.
We take family seriously. Call (410) 656-6227 for your personalized family law solution.