Whether you are interested in adopting a child or are considering placing your baby for adoption in the Frederick, Maryland, area, there are many local resources available to you. The following provides information about local adoption agencies, home study providers and other adoption and foster care services in Frederick.
Additional resources for expectant mothers and adoptive parents throughout the state can be found on our adoption in Maryland page.
Frederick Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
Whether you are ready to begin the adoption process or are simply looking for more adoption information, local adoption professionals can be great resources for the services and support you need. The following adoption agencies are located in Frederick and are experienced in meeting the needs of adoptive and birth parents in Maryland:
- Creative Adoptions, Inc.
- The Barker Adoption Foundation
- Sheri Mullikin – Adoption Attorney
- Adoptions Together
Become a Foster Parent in Frederick
If you are interesting in adopting an older child or becoming a foster parent in Frederick, Maryland, you will need to meet all state requirements for foster parents and complete the home study process. For information about foster care and foster adoption in Frederick and throughout the rest of the state, visit our Maryland adoption page.
The Frederick County Department of Social Services can also provide additional information and help you get started as a foster parent in the Frederick area.
Completing the Home Study in Frederick
The home study is a major component of every adoption and foster placement, and home study requirements are determined by state adoption laws. Information about Maryland home study requirements, qualifications and approval is included with our Maryland adoption information.
When you are ready to begin the home study process, contact any of these legally qualified home study providers in the Frederick area:
- Adoption Makes Family, Inc.
Adoption Makes Family, Inc. is a licensed, nonprofit adoption agency that focuses on providing international and domestic home studies.
- Cradle of Hope Adoption Center, Inc.
Cradle of Hope Adoption Center is a licensed, nonprofit, Hague-accredited adoption agency providing home study, placement and post-adoption services to families adopting in the U.S. and overseas.
- Creative Adoptions, Inc.
Creative Adoptions is able to provide home studies, updates and post-placement services for Maryland residents.
- Adoptions Together
Adoptions Together offers home studies for families adopting through their placement programs and to families adopting through other agencies and attorneys.
- Global Adoption Services
Global Adoption Services, Inc. is a licensed and Hague-accredited nonprofit adoption agency serving families seeking home studies and post-adoption services.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Maryland home study providers.
Hospitals in Frederick
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and making an adoption plan for your baby, you will have the opportunity to make many important choices throughout the adoption process, including complete control over your hospital stay. You will create a hospital plan that outlines all of your preferences for your labor and delivery.
The hospital will be aware of your plan ahead of time to ensure a smooth labor and delivery process. When you are ready to make your hospital plan, here are some Frederick area hospitals that you may be working with:
- Frederick Memorial Hospital
400 W. 17th Street
Frederick, MD 21701
- Carroll Hospital
200 Memorial Ave.
Westminster, MD 21157
- Howard County General Hospital
5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044
- Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
19801 Observation Drive
Germantown, MD 20876
- Shady Grove Medical Center
9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Hopeful adoptive parents and pregnant women considering adoption in Frederick commonly have questions about local adoption laws, qualifications and processes. Adoption laws are determined by the state and can be found on our Maryland adoption information page. Below is an overview of some of the types of laws and regulations impacting adoptive and birth parents in Frederick.
For Birth Parents
Birth parents often have questions about the laws for placing a baby for adoption in Frederick. Information about consent and relinquishment, as well as birth father rights and other important adoption information, can be found here.
For Adoptive Families
There are certain eligibility requirements prospective parents must meet before fostering or adopting a child in Maryland. State laws also impact other areas of the adoption, including expenses that may be paid, finalization requirements, and more. These laws for adoptive families are available on our How to Adopt in Maryland page.
The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization. If you are finalizing your adoption in Frederick, Maryland, find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing your adoption in Frederick County.
Things to do in Frederick
If you are adopting in Frederick from out of state, you may end up spending some time in Maryland, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC paperwork to be processed. Should your adoption plans bring you to Maryland, consider visiting the following Frederick attractions during your stay: