Maryland Foster Care and Adoption

Adoption in Maryland

As of July 2015, there were 4,837 children in Out-of-Home Placement in Maryland and 243 of these children were legally free with a plan of adoption.

Adoptive parents in Maryland can be single, married, or part of a same sex couple. They can or cannot have parenting experience. They don’t have to be wealthy but need to have sufficient financial resources to provide adequate care for a child and to meet the family’s financial responsibilities. Families can own their home or they can be renters. 

The minimum age required for prospective parents is 21. There is no maximum age, although many agencies prefer to keep no more than a 45-year difference between the child and the younger parent.

According to state regulations, people interested in adoption or foster care must attend a mandatory 27 pre-service training to learn about resources available to assist adoptive families.

Also, parents considering a domestic adoption don’t have to be a U.S. citizen but they must be a legal resident in the country.

Foster care in Maryland

All potential foster parents must meet the following basic approval requirements set by the state:

Applicants must be 21 years of age.
Applicants may be single or married.
Applicants may live in own apartment or house.
Applicants are fingerprinted for a criminal background check.
Every member of the household 18 years or older must be fingerprinted for a criminal background check.
Applicants must be able to meet family’s financial obligations.
Applicants are requested to submit an initial medical examination and reexamination every two years for every member of the household to determine their physical and emotional ability to care for children.
Applicants are requested to provide three references regarding their parenting ability.
Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 27 hours of pre-service education.
The applicant’s home will be inspected by personnel from the health department for safety and sanitation, and by the fire department.
A minimum of two visits to the applicant’s home is completed by the approval worker to discuss the types of children most appropriate for them, the proposed sleeping arrangements and the family lifestyle.
A child support clearance must be conducted.
Applicant must agree not to use physical punishment.

Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing adoption and foster care services and helpful information.

Adoption Makes Family, Inc.

Adoption Makes Family is a non-profit (501-C3), licensed Maryland adoption agency that matches birth parents with families looking to adopt walking them through all of the steps in the adoption process.

10635 York Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Phone: 410-683-2100

Barker Adoption Foundation

The Barker Adoption Foundation is a nonprofit adoption agency licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia providing comprehensive, ethical, child-centered adoption services and lifelong support for birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents.

The agency  offers the following adoption-related programs and services: 

  • No-cost crisis pregnancy and adoption counseling services
  • Pre-adoption education and training services    
  • Domestic infant adoption
  • Older child adoption from U.S. foster care
  • International adoption, with partners in China, Colombia, India, and South Korea
  • Lifelong post-adoption education, training, and counseling services for all members of the adoption circle: birth parents, adoptive parents, and ad
  • optees
  • Community education, including customized adoption-related workshops and training sessions at schools, hospitals, and community organizations

7979 Old Georgetown Road, 1st Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone:  301-664-9664

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Bethany is a  full-service agency that is fully accredited.

The agency’s goal is to provide stability for foster children by providing stable loving families to care for them. Bethany Christian Services help families to be prepared to take foster care placement of children who have a dual plan of return home and adoption. Families willing to take on a legal risk will be supported in working towards reunification with birth families while at the same time making a long term commitment to a child or sibling group.

The agency provides Infant Adoption, International Adoption, Foster Care Adoption services, and Post Adoption Support. 

2142 Priest Bridge Court Suite 1
Crofton, MD 21114
Phone: (410) 721-2835 

P.O. Box 1728
Germantown, MD 20875
Phone: (240) 720-3556

P.O. Box 531
Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone: (410) 449-4720
P.O. Box 2742

Hagerstown, MD 21741-2742
Phone: (240) 347-2384

Children’s Choice, Inc.

Children’s Choice is a Christian social service agency, which provides specialized community-based services, including foster care, kinship, and adoption (domestic and special-needs adoption programs)  services.  

Children’s Choice is licensed in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

6067 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
Phone: 410-319-9681

9607 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 101
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-313-9091

1563 Postal Road
PO Box 535
Chester, MD 21619
Phone: 410-643-9290

1813 Sweetbay Drive, Unit 1A
Salisbury, MD 21804
Phone: 410-546-6106


Cradle of Hope

Cradle of Hope is a licensed, nonprofit adoption agency founded in 1990 by adoptive parents and is a member agency of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services and the National Council for Adoption.

Cradle of Hope provides families with services, including:

  • Individualized case-management
  • Homestudy services for MD and VA families
  • Assistance with document preparation and immigration approval
  • Foreign country cultural education and travel preparation
  • Caseworker support while overseas
  • Post-placement services for MD and VA families
  • Ongoing support for adoptive families after placement

8630 Fenton Street, Suite 310
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 587-4400

Creative Adoptions, Inc. (CAI)

CAI is a private non-profit (501)(c)(3), licensed child placing agency that is Hague Accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

C.A.I. is a full service primary adoption service provider (ASP) that specializes in international adoption placements from The Caribbean, as well as in the provision of Homestudy and Post-placement/Post-adoption services to Maryland residents adopting either domestically or internationally from anywhere in the world. C.A.I. also provides families with adoptive parenting education and training, compilation of formal adoption dossiers, US immigration and Consular processing, and Procedural Consultation Services.

3545 Ellicott Mills Drive
Suite 204
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4544
Phone:  301-596-1521

Datz Foundation 

The Datz Foundation was founded as a full-service adoption agency in the District of Columbia and then was granted 501-C-3 (non-profit) status by the Internal Revenue Service and became licensed in Virginia and Maryland shortly thereafter. Today Datz has offices in four states – VA, MD, DC, NC – but it can place children anywhere in the United States or the world. 

Datz offers birthparent, home study agreement services, domestic and private international adoption services, as well as services for adult adoptees.

16220 Frederick Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (301) 258-0629

Global Adoption Services, Inc.

Global Adoption Services is a fully Hague Accredited Christian 501(c)3 nonprofit agency that provides a full range of pre and post adoption services for domestic and international adoptions including Home studies, Adoption Education & Training, Child Referral & Placement, Preparation and Transmission of Dossiers, Child Referral, as well as Post Placement Services.

2046 Rushmore Court
Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: (410) 569-9384
             (800) 957-9384 

Holy Cross Child Placement Agency, Inc.

Holy Cross Child Placement Agency, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, child placement agency licensed in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Holy Cross provides a comprehensive scope of services, including Home Studies and Post-Placement Reports for families wishing to adopt.

6701 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
Phone:(202) 237-1375

The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF)

NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families.

NCCF Foster Care and Adoption Services Division provides services for children who have been abused and neglected. The Greenleaf Treatment Foster Care Program serves children, youth, and teen moms and their babies in the State of Maryland.

6301 Greentree Road, 
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: (301) 365-4480