In re: Adoption of Sean M.

Adoption/guardianship: stepparent adoption: untimely objection by natural parent

CSA No. 1836, September Term 2011. Reported opinion by Berger, J. Filed April 27, 2012. RecordFax #12-0427-03, 28 pages.

A natural parent’s failure to file a timely notice of objection serves as statutory deemed consent to an independent adoption of a child who is not a CINA, just as it would in a CINA guardianship proceeding; furthermore, the procedures provided in F.L. Sections 5-3B-1—32 and Maryland Rules 9-105 and 9-107 are fundamentally fair and did not violate the father’s due process rights.

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