Maine permits the following types of adoptions in addition to public adoptions:
Adoption Statute-Non-Agency; Independent; Private Adoptions:
MRSA Title 22 Ch. 1671. Sub. Sec. 8204 2.
Public Adoptive Placement-Requirements:
Adoption assistance payments begin:
- At the time the child is placed
Sending State Adoption Subsidy Payments (Guidelines):
Maine definition of "Special Needs":
A special needs child is one that has one or more of the following characteristics:
a. Medical condition that makes placement difficult
b. Member of a sibling group to be placed together that includes at least one member who has a physical, mental, emotional handicap that makes placement difficult
c. Difficult to place and who meets one or more of criteria’s a, b, d, e or f
d. Age 5 or older
e. Difficult to place because of race
f. Victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect that places the child at risk for future emotional difficulties; or
g. Factor in the child’s background such as severe mental illness, substance abuse, prostitution, genetic or medical conditions or illnesses that place the child at risk of future problems. For the purposes of this definition "at risk" is meant to have some significance in a statistical or medical sense, i.e. some probability of occurrence that is not merely speculative or statistically insignificant.
Adoption may be finalized in another state:
Before finalization can occur in Maine, child must be in adoptive placement:
The time frame may be less when a significant pre-existing relationship exists between the child and relative.
Statutory code/cite for Adoption Petition:
Court Jurisdiction for Adoption Cases:
Home Study (Adoptions)
Statutory code/cite for the Adoptive Home Studies: