Second Parent Adoption in MD and DC
Although you will need an attorney to complete the process, a second parent adoption in MD or DC are options for both married and unmarried parents. The process secures parental rights for both parents that is given full faith and credit across the country.
DocumentsSecond parent adoptions in Maryland and DC require you provide the child's original birth certificate, your original marriage certificate and certified copies of your divorce decree. In some jurisdictions including Maryland, you will also have to provide income verification (tax returns), health statements for you and the child and information on the donor or biological parent of the child to be adopted.
Background ChecksMost states, consistent with the federal Adam Walsh Act require a background check and child abuse clearances from 5 to 10 years. Attorney such as myself have information and resources to make this part of the process as painless and seamless as possible. There are FBI Channelers as well as local places for speedy turnaround.