Maryland Family Law Section 5-3B-20
CAUTION: READ FULL TEXT OF SECTION FOR SPECIAL NOTE
** SPECIAL NOTE: EFFECTIVE - JANUARY 1, 2006 - CHAPTER 464 - 2005 **
(a)   Consent to adoption under this subtitle is not valid unless the consent:
(1)   is given after the prospective adoptee is born;
(2)   is given in a language that the party understands;
(3)   if given in a language other than English:
(i)   is given before a judge on the record; or
(ii)   is accompanied by the affidavit of a translator stating that the translation of the document of consent is accurate;
(4)   contains an express notice of:
(i)   the right to revoke consent, at any time within 30 days after the consent is signed;
(ii)   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
(iii)   the right to file a disclosure veto under § 5-3B-29 of this subtitle;
(5)   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:
(i)   have independent counsel; and
(ii)   receive adoption counseling and guidance;
(6)   states whether the parent chose to have or not have counsel or counseling; and
(7)   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.