If you are from the Gaithersburg area and are considering adoption, either as a prospective adoptive parent or a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, you likely have questions about Maryland adoption laws and processes. Below, find information about Gaithersburg adoption agencies, home study providers, and other local adoption and foster care resources.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Gaithersburg
As a prospective birth parent or adoptive family, your adoption professional will play an integral role in shaping your experience. Your adoption agency or attorney can help guide you through the process and ensure you receive the support and services you need along the way.
If you live in Gaithersburg, consider the following local and regional adoption professionals:
- The Datz Foundation
- The Barker Adoption Foundation
- Cradle of Hope Adoption Center
- Adoptions Together
Foster Care Professionals in Gaithersburg
Foster care programs, requirements and processes are determined by the state. In Gaithersburg, foster parents must meet all Maryland foster care requirements and complete a home study.
Some agencies have additional training or requirements for the parents they work with. Visit the following local resources for more information about the process to become a foster parent in Gaithersburg:
- Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
- Building Families for Children
- Center for Adoption Support
Home Study Providers in Gaithersburg
Whether you choose private infant adoption or foster care in Gaithersburg, you will need to complete a home study that meets Maryland requirements. Information about the Maryland home study process and requirements is available on our How to Adopt in Maryland page.
It is important to work with a legally qualified home study provider. To get started on your adoption or foster care home study, contact one of these area home study professionals:
- 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 Gaithersburg
As her due date approaches, it is up to the expectant mother to create a hospital plan for her stay. If you are pregnant and considering adoption for your baby, you will have the opportunity to make many decisions about the labor and delivery process, including who will be in the delivery room with you, who gets to hold the baby first, how much time you spend with the adoptive family, and more.
When you are ready to start making your hospital plan, your adoption agency will communicate with your delivery hospital to ensure everything goes according to your wishes. As you consider your hospital plan, learn more about some hospitals in the area:
- Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
19801 Observation Drive
Germantown, MD 29876
- Shady Grove Medical Center
9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Adoption is a legal process regulated by state laws. Below, find an overview of the statutes impacting adoptive parents and birth parents in Gaithersburg, and learn more about state adoption laws, qualifications and processes on our Adoption in Maryland page.
Laws for Birth Parents:
Every adoption involves the legal termination of the birth mother’s and father’s parental rights. If you are considering placing your baby for adoption in Gaithersburg, get the information you need about birth father rights, executing consent and more here.
Laws for Adoptive Parents:
Throughout the adoption process, Gaithersburg families must adhere to Maryland laws regulating adoption expenses, adoption finalization, advertising and more. These laws are outlined here.
Every adoption must be finalized in court. If you are adopting in the Gaithersburg area, find your local courthouse and other information about finalizing adoption in Montgomery County.
Things to do in Gaithersburg
If you are an adoptive parent and your child is born in or around Gaithersburg, you may find yourself in the area visiting your baby’s birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances. If you are looking for ways to spend your time in Gaithersburg before returning to your home state, here are some of the top attractions in the area: