Massachusetts Adoption Information

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See also: Boston Adoption, Cambridge Adoption, Springfield Adoption, Worcester Adoption

Adopting in Massachusetts

Families who want to adopt in Massachusetts can go through the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) or a licensed child-placing agency.

DSS has a program that helps waiting children find adoptive home placements. The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. (MARE) is designed to help families, who want to adopt, get approved as adoptive parents. They also help the family find a child who is a good match. The placement will start out as a foster placement that later turns into an adoptive placement. This is called “Foster Care Adoption”.

Some potential adoptive families choose to use a licensed child-placing agency. An agency works with birth families that choose adoption for their child. They provide counseling services, in addition to services needed to facilitate an adoption until the adoption can be finalized by the courts.

A child-placing agency can provide domestic adoption services within the United States or international adoption services outside the United States.

Families who choose International Adoption will need to get an international home study done, in addition to the other paperwork required by the state of Massachusetts and the country they are adopting from.

The family will need to submit the I-600 application form “Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition” as soon as they decide that they are going to adopt internationally. The form is required to get approval from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) to classify the child to be adopted as an orphan. The I-600 form, “Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Relative” will also be required towards the end of the adoption.

Families, who choose to adopt a child internationally, will usually need to complete all the required paperwork before they can be assigned a child and get approved for a travel date to visit the child.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in Massachusetts.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples in or near Massachusetts in the listing below, provided as a service of

Couples Hoping to Adopt in Massachusetts

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Children Waiting for Adoption in Massachusetts

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in Massachusetts who are hoping to be adopted.

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Terri - 1 year ago
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My husband and I are looking to adopt or foster a special needs child #1
Ellen - 3 years ago
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Born in Springfield,Ma. December 1948. I am trying to find out anything about siblings or birth family. born in Springfield but taken to Cambridge,Ma then grew up in Lexington! I had wonderful adopted parents!!!! It is so hard being so far away from Springfield to search!thank you ! #2
kathy - 3 years ago
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if you were born in the boston mass area between 1937-41 and are male looking for your family we may be it mother was tanner and father Shipley unmarried at the time let me know at xxxx #3
Rosie Wood - 3 years ago
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Great grandmother was in cambridge, mass when she was adopted by the Gunn family in 1904 looking for the Wood family. Any one with info please contact at xxxx please. #4
Ellen Conant - 3 years ago
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Born in Springfield,Ma Twin girls on 12/10/1948. Told that mother or father ..native American / Italian . Very small 3 and 4 pounds. I had wonderful adopted parents ! Medically looking for information and many siblings! Thank you. #5
mark cassidy - 3 years ago
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found out I have a brother who was born at st.margarets in dorchester on may 27th local and would love to meet and or e-mail someone with info on the above birthdate and location... #6
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