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DHR Service: Adoption
Adoption is a wonderful way to build a family. People who choose to adopt are very special. They have a strong belief that all children deserve a loving family to call their own. There are hundreds of children in Maryland that want nothing more than to become part of a loving stable family.

The children available for adoption through the departments of social services are often the victims of unfortunate circumstances that led to their need for new homes. Although many of the children have special needs, their greatest need is for a permanent family where they can be loved and nurtured by dedicated individuals. Your marital status, wealth and education are not critical requirements for adoption. We only require your willingness and ability to provide a permanent and loving home.

The Maryland public agency Adoption Program helps to match prospective Maryland adoptive families with Maryland children who have a permanency plan of adoption using the AdoptUSKids database service. Adopt US Kids, is an initiative of the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau that was developed and operated by a collaboration of nationally recognized organizations that include the University of Texas, Austin School of Social Work, Northwest Adoption Exchange, North American Council on Adoptable Children, The Adoption Exchange, and spearheaded by the Adoption Exchange Association. Adopt US Kids brings waiting children “online” through photographs and biographies. A wealth of information is also available to help you learn more about adoption.

Local department of social services staff are able to help prospective parents search for a particular child by using the AdoptUSKids database service. For example, you may request a specific age range, gender, and special needs of a child. You may also indicate if you are interested in a sibling placement. The Adoption Program also utilizes the AdoptUSKids photolisting service to feature some of the available children who are legally free. These children are photo listed locally on the DHR website and nationally on

We also assist adults who were adopted in Maryland and would now like to locate their birth parents. In addition, we help birth parents who placed a child for adoption and now want to locate that child. If you fit any of these criteria, the Maryland Department of Human Resources adoption staff is here to help you.