Adoption in Frederick [The Complete Guide for Adoptive Parents]

The 6 Steps of the Frederick Adoption Process

Having the right resources and guide to adoption in Frederick, MD, is one of the simplest ways that potential birth and adoptive parents can ensure a smooth, successful and positive experience. We’re here to guide you through every step of your Frederick adoption process and to help you successfully adopt a child or place a baby for adoption in Frederick.

Here are the 6 steps of adoption in Frederick, Maryland, and how we can help you complete these steps:

Step 1: Choose adoption.

This is often easier said than done! Whether you’re pregnant and considering placing your baby for adoption in Frederick, or you’re thinking about adopting a child, choosing adoption is rarely an easy decision.

And, ultimately, it’s one that you have to decide for yourself. However, we’ll be here if you need to learn about all the options available to you, if you have any questions, or if you need support.

Step 2: Choose the adoption type and professional.

If you think adoption may be the right path for you, it’s time for adoptive parents to choose which type of adoption they want to pursue, and for both the prospective birth and adoptive parents to choose the professional who will guide them through their Frederick adoption journey.

Adoptive parents will need to choose between:

Next, you’ll need to choose the professional who will serve as your primary guide throughout the Frederick adoption process. No matter what type of adoption or professional you choose, we can help you complete your Frederick adoption. Contact us now to schedule your consultation, and to take the next steps toward your adoption in Frederick, Maryland.

Step 3: Create your adoption plan.

Now, you’ll be asked to consider what you want your Frederick adoption to look like. Adoptive parents must ask themselves questions like:

Expectant parents who are thinking about placing their baby for adoption must ask themselves:

  • “How open do I want my adoption to be? How much, if at all, do I want to stay in touch with my child and the adoptive family in the years to come?”
  • “What type of adoptive parents do I picture for my child? How do I want to find these parents?”
  • And more

Catelyn and Jennifer will be here to help you outline your preferences for adoption in Frederick, and to ensure that everyone involved feels comfortable, confident and support throughout the process. Ready to create your Frederick adoption plan? Contact us now to begin.

Step 4: Find an adoption opportunity.

It’s time for the prospective birth and adoptive parents to find and get to know one another. There are few different ways this can happen:

  • If the adoptive parents are pursuing international or public agency (foster care) adoption, they will receive a referral from their agency for a child who is already waiting to be adopted.
  • When pursuing an independent domestic adoption (without an agency), pregnant women and hopeful parents must find one another on their own.
  • In a private domestic agency adoption, pregnant women who are considering adoption can choose their child's parents from profiles of waiting adoptive families. From there, the agency will help guide and support the match.

However you choose to find your Frederick adoption opportunity, we’ll be here to help you complete the all-important legal steps and to offer our expert guidance.

Step 5: Complete placement.

In Frederick, adoption placements must be completed following Maryland adoption laws. As your Frederick adoption attorneys, we’ll be there to walk everyone through this emotional and complex step. After placement, there is one more step in the legal process of adoption in Frederick.

Step 6: Complete finalization and begin post-adoption life.

When an adoption in Frederick is finalized, it signifies that the child has become a permanent and legal member of his or her (adoptive) family. It’s our job to walk everyone through this final step of the Frederick adoption process and to ensure that everyone is legally protected throughout.

After finalization, many birth and adoptive families choose to stay in touch through open adoption. Although finalization is the final legal step, adoption is a beautiful ongoing experience.


Why You Need a Frederick Adoption Attorney

Every adoption situation is going to be unique. On top of that, every state has its own specific set of laws regarding adoption. That’s why it’s so important for you to work with a licensed and experienced Frederick adoption attorney like Catelyn or Jennifer, who understands every detail of adoption laws and processes in your specific area.

What’s more, birth parents and adoptive parents should be separately represented by individual Frederick adoption lawyers, to ensure fair and equal advocating for everyone involved. Don’t worry — we can refer you to additional representation if necessary. Our goal is to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees in Frederick and throughout the state of Maryland. Schedule your consultation now to learn more about adoption in Frederick, and to begin your journey today.

“I believe in working with each of my clients—in support of their family dynamic—to make the dreams of parenthood a reality. Whether you are single or married; or gay; a step-parent, a surrogate or intended parent or a child of adoption, it is my mission to serve as your advocate. With a dedication to the ethical and sensitive nature of each situation, I will help you understand the laws within Maryland or Washington, DC for adoption or surrogacy, and pledge to be your partner throughout the journey.” - Jennifer Fairfax