2016 Maryland Code
Family Law
Title 5 - Children
Subtitle 6 - Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
§ 5-604. Procedure before sending child into state

MD Fam L Code § 5-604 (2016) What's This?

(a) Sending agency to comply with laws. -- No sending agency shall send, bring, or cause to be sent or brought into any other party state any child for placement in foster care or as a preliminary to a possible adoption unless the sending agency shall comply with each and every requirement set forth in this section and with the applicable laws of the receiving state governing the placement of children therein.

(b) Notice of intention to send. -- Prior to sending, bringing or causing any child to be sent or brought into a receiving state for placement in foster care or as a preliminary to a possible adoption, the sending agency shall furnish the appropriate public authorities in the receiving state written notice of the intention to send, bring, or place the child in the receiving state. The notice shall contain:

(1) the name, date and place of birth of the child.

(2) the identity and address or addresses of the parents or legal guardian.

(3) the name and address of the person, agency or institution to or with which the sending agency proposes to send, bring, or place the child.

(4) a full statement of the reasons for such proposed action and evidence of the authority pursuant to which the placement is proposed to be made.

(c) Supporting information. -- Any public officer or agency in a receiving state which is in receipt of a notice pursuant to subsection (b) of this section may request of the sending agency, or any other appropriate officer or agency of or in the sending agency's state, and shall be entitled to receive therefrom such supporting or additional information as it may deem necessary under the circumstances to carry out the purpose and policy of this compact.

(d) Required notice concerning interests of child. -- The child shall not be sent, brought, or caused to be sent or brought into the receiving state until the appropriate public authorities in the receiving state shall notify the sending agency, in writing, to the effect that the proposed placement does not appear to be contrary to the interests of the child.

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