Are you pregnant and considering adoption? 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 make. In time you will find it is also one of the most loving choices you can make for your child.
Before reaching your decision, you may want to consider all your options, including:
Adoption is not always the right path for every expectant mother facing an unplanned pregnancy. Adoptions With Love understands how difficult a decision this can be, and we support women of all walks of life, no matter their final decision.
Of course, if you do 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. We help expectant parents find the best possible home for their children, while offering the best care for mother throughout – and long after – pregnancy.
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.
If you are wondering how to place your baby for adoption in MA, you have come to the right place. 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 Massachusetts.
- Choose a Massachusetts Adoption Agency
Choosing the right adoption agency in MA is an important first step of the adoption process. In fact, it is required. In order to make a legal, secure adoption plan in the state of Massachusetts, you must work with a non-profit adoption agency licensed by the Commonwealth.
When looking for adoption agencies, try to find one that is licensed, reputable, and compassionate. Make sure they can offer you personalized, caring services at every step of the way. The right adoption agency will 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. You should never feel pressured by your adoption agency. You should always feel supported and be able to reach your adoption agency 24/7 if you ever need help.
- 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 adoption laws of Massachusetts.
In Massachusetts, no parent can sign legal adoption documents until four days after the baby’s birth. This ensures that birth parents are very 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.
At Adoptions With Love, we have highly trained attorneys who are experienced with Massachusetts adoptions. They will help you understand the adoption laws in your area and ensure your rights as an expectant/birth mother are protected. These compassionate attorney’s fees are part of the services offered by Adoptions With Love. You can rest assured your adoption will be legal and safe, without the stress of costs.
- 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, meaning you will have some contact with the adoptive family
- A semi-open adoption, meaning you might have mediated contact with the family
- A closed adoption plan, no identifying information will be shared with the adoptive family
The type of adoption plan you choose is a very personal decision. While your adoption agency can help guide you through your options (and discuss different methods of communication you may have with an adoptive family), only you know what is best for you and your child. Some common forms of communication between birth/adoptive families include:
- Email updates
- Letters and pictures through the agency
- Phone calls
- Text messages
- Shared photo accounts
- In-person visits
- And more
Most adoptions today are open. This has proven beneficial for both child and birth mother. In fact, 90 percent of adopted children over age five say they are happy with their open adoption circumstances.
If you decide to have a closed adoption, your adoption agency will fully support your decision. Open adoption is not right for everyone. At Adoptions With Love, we always keep photos and letters on file throughout the years, should you change your mind down the road and wish to receive updates of your child as he or she grows.
Through an open adoption arrangement, you can also select the family of your child, if you wish.
- 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 in Massachusetts 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.
Some of the steps you will take in finding an adoptive family for your child include:
- Talking with your adoption agency about what qualities you are looking for in an adoptive family
- Browsing through profiles of prospective adoptive families
- Asking questions to learn more about these families
- Contacting the prospective adoptive family you have chosen
- Create your adoption plan and discuss the future with family
- Plan your hospital stay and how they will be involved
In Massachusetts, it is required that all potential adoptive families be 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 and interviews, to ensure their stability. We want to make sure your baby is placed in a loving and stable home.
- Create a Post 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.
- 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 a licensed counselor. 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 Massachusetts:
- Complete counseling
- Help designing your adoption plan
- Assistance finding quality medical care
- Housing assistance
- Financial assistance
- Legal assistance
- Ongoing Contact
These are some of the basic steps to place your baby for adoption in Massachusetts. Adoptions With Love is the leading choice for adoptions in MA. For over 34 years, our caring and professional staff has been working with birth mothers and adoptive families across the Bay State. No matter where you are in the adoption process – whether you just found out you are pregnant or have already given birth – we are here for you. Contact us at 800-722-7731 to learn about our Massachusetts adoption plans and services. You may also text us confidentially at 617-777-0072 to get in touch.
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.