The following regulations govern the operation of private child placement agencies in the State of Maryland. These agencies provide adoption, foster care, treatment foster care, and independent living services for children. No private individual or group may legally provide these services in Maryland without receiving a license from the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Office of Licensing and Monitoring.
Child placement agencies are evaluated for licensure and monitored by staff persons employed by the Office of Licensing and Monitoring. A child placement agency must be relicensed every two years. The agency is always subject to a mid-licensure period report in those years when it is not due for re-licensure. In addition, agencies are regularly monitored. Complaints about agencies are investigated within a 24-hour period following the complaint.