2016 Maryland Code
Family Law
Title 5 - Children
Subtitle 3B - Independent Adoption
Part II - Adoption Proceedings.
§ 5-3B-16. Investigation

MD Fam L Code § 5-3B-16 (2016) What's This?

(a) In general. -- Before ruling on a consensual adoption petition under § 5-3B-20(1) of this subtitle, a court may order any investigation that the court considers necessary.

(b) Report. -- Before ruling on a nonconsensual adoption petition under §§ 5-3B-20(2) and 5-3B-22 of this subtitle, a court shall order an appropriate 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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