It should be noted that this is an all-inclusive resource directory of DHS licensed programs; however, not every provider listed is contracted with DHS to provide services to youth in placement.
In order to provide private adoption services in Maryland, an incorporated organization must be licensed in accordance with Family Law and Code of Maryland Annotated Regulations Title.07 Subtitle .05 Chapters .01, .02 and .03. The only exemptions from this legal requirement are those situations in which a close relative or individual arranges an adoption without the use of a third party to locate an adoptive family or a child. Services, including the completion of a home study provided by a third party (other than an attorney preparing necessary legal documents) are not permitted unless those services are rendered by staff persons employed by a licensed child placement agency. The agencies listed are licensed every two years and continuously monitored. Only agencies licensed in Maryland may advertise or market adoption services. The primary purpose for the licensing requirement is to protect the safety, health and welfare of our children.
Independent Living Directory
Independent living programs must operate under the auspices of a child placement agency licensed by the Office of Licensing and Monitoring in accordance with Code of Maryland Annotated Regulations Title 07.05.01 and 07.05.04. These programs prepare and assist youth between the ages of 16 and their 21st birthday to make the transition to living as independent citizens.
Residential Child Care Programs Directory
The Office of Licensing and Monitoring (OLM) licenses and monitors residential childcare programs in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 14.31.06 and 14.31.07. These programs serve neglected, abused or abandoned children whose needs cannot be appropriately addressed in other out of home placements. These are privately incorporated providers that deliver child care services in a group home setting in accordance with the regulations stipulated in COMAR. Residential child care programs provide a supportive environment until placement into a less restrictive setting can be achieved.
Treatment Foster Care Directory
Private treatment foster care programs must be operated under the auspices of a child placement agency licensed by the Office of Licensing and Monitoring in accordance with Code of Maryland Annotated Regulations Title 07.05.01, 07.05.02, and 07.02.21. Treatment foster care programs are intended for those children unable to live with birth parents or in regular foster care homes. The licensed child placement agencies listed below are authorized to certify foster homes throughout Maryland.