2016 Maryland Code
Title 5 - Children
Subtitle 3B - Independent Adoption
Part II - Adoption Proceedings.
§ 5-3B-20. Authority to grant adoption
A court may enter an order for adoption only if:
(1) (i) 1. each of the prospective adoptee's living parents consents:
A. in writing; or
B. by failure to timely file notice of objection after being served with a show-cause order in accordance with this subtitle;
2. an administrative, executive, or judicial body of a state or other jurisdiction has granted a governmental unit or person other than a parent the power to consent to adoption, and the unit or person consents; or
3. parental rights have been terminated in compliance with the laws of a state or other jurisdiction, as described in § 5-3B-04 of this subtitle; and
(ii) if the prospective adoptee is at least 10 years old, the prospective adoptee consents; or
(2) in accordance with § 5-3B-22 of this subtitle, the court orders adoption without consent otherwise required under this section.
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