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Adoptions & Guardianships

Clerk's Office

Office Hours: 8:30 AM. to 4:30 PM


  • ADOPTIONS: 410-222-1331
  • FIDUCIARY REPORTS: 410-222-1331

The Clerk of the Circuit Court Trust and Adoption Department is located in Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County courthouse. Guardianship cases are filed for individuals who have a disability (which includes minority) and may also have property. This includes guardianships of person, property, or person and property together. These guardianship files are maintained by and remain in the Trust and Adoption Department. Unless sealed by Court order, guardianship of an adult is open to public inspection.  Guardianship of a minor is NOT open to public inspection.


Information about establishing a guardianship can be found in the Maryland Rules of Procedure; guardianship and fiduciary rules are found in Title 10 (Volume 2). The Estates and Trusts volume of the Annotated Code of Maryland also contains applicable law. These volumes can be found in the law library at the Circuit Court, or the Courts of Appeals Library (316 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis).  General questions regarding the establishment of a guardianship should be directed to the Adoption/Guardianship Case Manager at 410-222-2327.

The guardianship decree or order establishes the guardianship, names the guardian(s), and states whether the guardian(s) must file a bond and in what amount. The guardian(s) must file an Inventory of Assets within 60 days of appointment. Fiduciary Reports are due each year within 60 days of the accounting period; a fee is charged based upon the value of the assets in the guardianship estate.


All adoptions are also filed in this department, and the files are housed here as well. Termination of Parental Rights cases involving the Anne Arundel Department of Social Services are filed in the Juvenile Department. The Maryland Rules of Procedure (Title 9, Family Law Actions, Chapter 100) and the Family Law volume of the Annotated Code of Maryland provide information concerning adoptions as well.

Adoptions are "sealed" and are unavailable for inspection. For inquiries regarding adoptions, letters should be addressed to Judge, Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, 8 Church Circle, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 ATTN: Adoption Dept. Include any information you have (case number, adopting parent’s name, date of birth, etc.), your reason for requesting information, and your name, address and a telephone number where you can be reached.  General questions regarding adoptions should be directed to the Adoption/Guardianship Case Manager at 410-222-2327.

For either guardianships or adoptions, you may prepare and file your own cases, or you may wish to consult an attorney.


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Although we cannot recommend a specific attorney, you may contact the Attorney Referral Service at 410-280-6961 or for certain types of cases use the Ask a Lawyer Service.