Simplifying the Adoption Process
Children become available for adoption for a variety of reasons and
adoption can bring a positive ending to a challenging situation and
provides benefits to everyone involved. Although the majority of people
who adopt are married couples, many single people choose to adopt as
well. When you make the decision to adopt, the process may seem
overwhelming. The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services
recognizes this and has created a program which simplifies the steps as
we guide you through every stage of the adoption.
Adoption is a procedure by which people legally assume the role of
parents for a child(ren) who are not their biological child(ren).
Adopted children become full members of the adopted household. All
potential adoptive resource parents would need to meet the same
licensing requirements that are set by the State of Maryland for a
Foster parent. The legal responsibility of the agency ends when the
court approves the adoption. However, this Agency will provide direct
assistance or referral services when asked, even after the adoption is
finalized through Post-Adoption Services.
Some families may need support services after an adoption to
remain successful. Such needs usually change over time, along with the
child’s development and the development of the family as a whole. The
effort is aimed at protecting adoptive placements from the risk of
disruption and to provide much needed supports to families and
Services available to adoptive families through the Department of Social Services include:
Information and referral
Becoming an Adoptive or Foster Parent
For specific questions about your qualifications or the condition of your home, we suggest that you speak with our foster care recruiter at 301-909-CARE, submit an inquiry or attend an information session.
We look forward to working with you and your family to make this a wonderful and rewarding experience.
If you have other questions or concerns about the Foster Care and Adoption Program, you may contact the Bureau Chief for Foster Care and Adoptions at 301-909-2000.
Interpretation Services are available for Non-English Speaking customers. Please contact one of the Local Offices for assistance.