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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Guest - 4 months ago
Looking. For baby girl born 4/15/1992 in lowell mass. At lowell general. At birth i gave her the name nicole marie or marie nicole. #1
Gill Howe RGN.RN.CNOR.CRNFA - 12 months ago
Very interested in the baby cuddling programme, where do I sign up for training? #2
Tara Lynne - 1 year ago
I see so many comments, but no responses. Is this true about baby cuddling? I can't find any contacts! Incredibly disappointing for those who really want to help knowing there are so many needy children. Has anyone been able to get information? #3
Maria - 1 year ago
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I am interested in volunteering in cuddling with the babies in the Worcester area. If you could get me some information on how I go about it that would be great. Thank you #4
Brenda - 1 year ago
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I would love to volunteer to cuddle! I am have a lot of free time, though I work full time I am available most nights and weekends. Please let me know how I can help? I live in the greater Lowell area. Thanks! #5
Deborah - 1 year ago
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I would love to be a cuddle volunteer. My sons are all grown and I have a lot of free time .please send me info on how to volunteer. #6
Leigh - 1 year ago
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I'd love to volunteer for the cuddle program for babies who are in limbo waiting for the adoption to go through. Please contact me at xxxx #7
Pamela - 1 year ago
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i would love to volunteer to cuddle a baby who is waiting to be adopted there would be a lot of soy in helping a infant be smuggled. I was wondering if there Is a agency near me I live in Wakefield mass I wouldn't mind traveling #8
Annie D - 1 year ago
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I would love to volunteer for the cuddle program. I have so much love for all children. Please send me more information regarding the program and how to get started. #9
Dawn - 1 year ago
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This article said they need people to cuddle babies waiting for adoption. I would love to do this. Are there any places near me? I live in Carver Massachussetts. Thanks! #10
Kimily - 1 year ago
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I heard about a cuddling program and would like it volunteer. Where do I sign up? #11
Kassandra Diaz - 1 year ago
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I would love to know more about the cuddle program. I would love to help love and care for these babies Please send more information #12
Sarah - 1 year ago
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Interested in information about the Massachusetts area #13
Shannon - 1 year ago
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I would love to learn more about the cuddle program. Sounds like a fantastic way to show these children the love they deserve. #14
Devyn - 1 year ago
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I would love to help cuddle and love these babies. I'd love more info! #15
Meg - 1 year ago
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I'd love love love to cuddle these little loves! Please send along information XOXO #16
Kira - 1 year ago
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Would absolutely love to volunteer to cuddle babies program or even toddlers and up, everyone could use a cuddle, a hug and some love. Please send me any information on this program #17
VICKY - 1 year ago
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very interested in the cuddling program, please send me more information! #18
Rachel - 1 year ago
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Would love more information how to cuddle newborns. Would love to have my three children involved as a hands-on good will project. Please send information. #19
Nicole - 1 year ago
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Would also be available for the cuddling program. I am currently between jobs and have some extra time .thank you! #20
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