State by State: How to Place Your Child for Adoption in Massachusetts
Are you pregnant and considering adoption for your baby? The decision to make an adoption plan for your child is never easy. It is one of the biggest, most emotional and difficult decisions you will ever have to make, but in time you will find it is also one of the most loving choices you can make for your child.
If you feel ready to consider an adoption plan for your baby, but do not know where to start, you have come to the right place. Adoptions With Love is a licensed, non-profit adoption agency that helps expectant/birth parents nationwide find the best possible home for their children.
If you are currently living in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there are specific steps you will need to take to place your baby for adoption. You do not have to go through this on your own. Our Massachusetts Adoption Agency will help guide you through this journey. We are here to ensure that you understand the adoption process, and that you are comfortable and confident with each decision made along the way.
We have created this short guide to show you some of the steps you can take if you decide to make an adoption plan in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1.) Choose an Adoption Agency
Choosing the right adoption agency is an important first step of the adoption process. The adoption agency you choose should be by your side throughout the entire adoption experience—as you prepare for the adoption, after placement, and throughout your life. Your agency professionals should always listen to your wishes, respect your choices, and use those to help you design the perfect adoption plan.
In order to make a legal, secure adoption plan in Massachusetts, you will be required to work with a non-profit agency licensed by the Commonwealth.
2.) Understand the Adoption Laws of Your Area
Adoption laws and regulations differ depending on the state. It is important to find an adoption agency who is specifically trained in and knowledgeable about the laws in your area.
In Massachusetts, no parent can sign legal adoption documents until four days after the baby’s birth. This ensures that birth parents are one hundred percent confident in their decision. Once the legal documents are signed in Massachusetts, the birth parents cannot change their minds. That is why, at Adoptions With Love, we want you to be completely certain that you are making the best possible decision for your child.
3.) Discuss an Adoption Plan
With a Massachusetts open adoption agency, you will have the option to design the type of adoption plan you want: an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or a closed adoption plan. You can also select the family of your child, if you wish.
4.) Choose an Adoptive Family
If you would like to choose an adoptive family for your baby, your adoption agency can show you various waiting families who may be a match for your child. You can take as much time as you need in choosing the perfect adoptive family for your baby. You can also meet them in person.
In Massachusetts, it is required that all potential adoptive families are thoroughly screened and evaluated by a licensed adoption agency. We go to their homes to ensure the environment is safe and secure. They have gone through an extensive home study process as well as a series of background checks to ensure the safety and stability of their home. We want to make sure your baby is placed in a loving, safe, and stable home.
5.) Create an Open Adoption Agreement
An Open Adoption Agreement is a legal and binding agreement offered by licensed adoption agencies in Massachusetts. This agreement is signed by the birth parents and adoptive parents. It is entered into court at the time of finalization. In this plan, you can determine if you want contact with your child and his or her adoptive family, as well as how much contact you would like. You can choose to have ongoing face-to-face meetings with your adoptive family, communicate with them through email or phone, solely maintain contact through the agency, or have no contact at all. The choices are yours.
Just as every woman is unique, every adoption plan is unique. When you work with Adoptions With Love, know that your post-adoption plan will be completely tailored to meet the needs of you, your child, and your child’s adoptive family.
6.) Pursue Ongoing Adoption Support
After your baby’s adoption, it is important to seek ongoing support. Through a reputable Massachusetts adoption agency, you can participate in support groups or meet one on one with licensed counselors. At Adoptions With Love, we promise you will have our support and ongoing counseling after the adoption.
Adoptions With Love is a full-service adoption agency. We provide the following free services to expectant/birth mothers considering adoption in the state of Massachusetts:
- Complete counseling
- Help designing your adoption plan
- Assistance finding quality medical care
- Housing assistance
- Financial assistance
- Legal assistance
- Ongoing Contact
This is our State by State Adoption blog series. To learn about the different areas we service, or to find the specific steps of adoption in your state, please visit adoptionswithlove.org/areas-we-service.