Datz Foundation

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17 Warren Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM

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The Datz Foundation was founded as a full-service adoption agency by Mark Eckman and Vivian Datoff in the District of Columbia in 1987. It has placed over 3,000 children born in the U.S. and abroad with families all over the world.​

Named after the family of one of its founders it was granted 501-C-3 (non-profit) status by the Internal Revenue Service in 1988, and became licensed in Virginia and Maryland shortly thereafter. ​

Our staff includes an attorney specializing in adoption issues, clinical social workers, and adoption experts who know how to deal with the complex issues in intercountry adoption.


Services and information

  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Understanding the licensing requirements is the first step, as they vary by state. In Maryland, potential foster parents must meet the following criteria:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Live in a safe home, either a house or an apartment
  • Undergo a criminal background check and fingerprinting
  • Remain financially stable
  • Able to support a child financially
  • Undergo a medical examination
  • Attend a medical reexamination every two years
  • Provide three references
  • Attend necessary parent training/education courses
  • A minimum of two home visits by an approval worker
  • Child support clearance
  • No use of physical punishment allowed
  • Receive a fire inspection and health clearance from local departments

The foster care agency you work with will help you to meet these qualifications. They answer your questions, provide parent education training, conduct home visits, and more. As such, they'll be your first point of contact as you prepare for your first placement.

Remember that it will take time to go through the approval process. The home study takes the longest, consisting of lots of paperwork, interviews, inspections, etc. However, you'll be a licensed foster parent in Maryland when it's over.

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