Are you Pregnant and Considering Adoption?
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, or have recently given birth, you may be considering adoption. Adoption offers many benefits to an expectant/birth mother and her child.
In making an adoption plan, you can provide a stable, healthy life for your child – one that is full of love and opportunity. You can also move forward to pursue your own passions and life goals after pregnancy, knowing that your child will be cared for in a loving, safe, and supportive home.
For those in Massachusetts, the adoption process begins with finding the right adoption agency. It is important to choose an adoption agency with which you feel comfortable. The right agency will be there to educate you on all your options, without pressure or judgement. This agency will listen to your wishes and your concerns and will be there to answer all of your questions. The right adoption agency will also support you in all stages of the adoption process, and help you make choices in the best interests of your baby.
Did you know that you can stay in touch with an adoptive family?
Although “giving my baby up for adoption” is a common phrase, adoption is NOT the same as “giving up.” Choosing adoption means making a plan for your baby’s life. As an expectant/birth mother, you get to make choices for your baby’s future. You can choose the parents to raise your child. You can meet them in person, if you wish, and even stay in touch with them over the years.
When working with an open adoption agency in Massachusetts, you will be given options. You may choose an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption plan. Both open and semi-open adoption enables you to stay in touch with the adoptive family over the years and receive updates on how your child is growing. This gives many birth mothers peace of mind.
All waiting families at Adoptions With Love agree to at least a semi-open adoption plan, which includes sending letters and photos over the years. This openness is beneficial for birth parents, adoptive families, and their children. In fact, 90 percent of children over the age of five report having positive feelings about their open adoption.
When can you place a baby for adoption in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, expectant/birth mothers can start making an adoption plan at any time during pregnancy, or even after birth.
However, Massachusetts law states that parents cannot sign any legal documents allowing an adoption until four (4) days after the baby’s birth. This allows birth parents to take the time they need to think. There is no rush or pressure to make a decision immediately. If the birth parents need more time to decide what is best for their child, Adoptions With Love will make sure that the baby is well taken care of in one of our temporary, licensed homes in MA.
Birth mothers can sign consent allowing the adoption. According to the Commonwealth, a birth parent’s consent forms are to be handled with privacy and confidentiality.
Once the legal documents are signed in Massachusetts, the decision is then considered final, as there is no revocation period in the state. That is why Adoptions With Love works closely with expectant/birth parents, making sure they are informed about their options and confident in their adoption plan, prior to signing the consents to the adoption.
What are the benefits of giving my baby up for adoption in MA?
There are many benefits of placing a baby for adoption.
Making an adoption plan can bring birth mothers peace of mind, knowing that their child is growing up in a safe, stable, and loving home. It also gives birth mothers the opportunity to work on their own lives and pursue both personal and professional dreams. Placing a baby for adoption in MA is completely free for expectant/birth mothers. In fact, the right adoption agency will provide financial support throughout the pregnancy and adoption process.
Adoption also has benefits for the child. Research shows that children who were adopted live in safe, non-violent, stable neighborhoods. These children are sung to, read to, and told stories to more often than children in the general population. Most children who were adopted have parents who are “very happy” together, which positively influences the child’s health and well-being.
By choosing adoption, you are not” giving up.” You are making a plan that puts your child’s needs and best interests first. Adoption, therefore, is a decision made with great love and thoughtfulness.
How can I find a family for my baby in MA?
You can find the right family to adopt your baby by working with a reliable and trustworthy adoption agency in Massachusetts. This professional should be fully licensed and have years of experience. The staff should be understanding of your needs and wishes for your baby. They will ask you questions, listen to what you are looking for in a family, and provide you with profiles of families hoping to adopt. They will help you find a family that is loving, stable, and ready to welcome a baby home.
The right adoption agency will also offer a full-range of services, including home studies and background checks of all waiting families, before approving them to adopt. This can help you feel confident that your baby will be placed in a safe and secure home.
In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, adoption agencies are required to complete safe and legal adoptions. This means the Home Study is a requirement, which is a several months-long process that involves thorough background checks, interviews, education and home visits.
This is the best way to pursue a successful adoption and find a safe, stable, and loving family for your baby. It is not safe to look for an adoptive family on the internet or social media such as Facebook or TikTok on your own. Always work with a licensed professional.
Why should I work with an adoption agency in Massachusetts?
For expectant/birth mothers considering adoption, it is never too late to call Adoptions With Love. We have close relationships with hospitals across Massachusetts and will have a social worker meet with you, even in the hospital. We can also meet you – wherever you are – to talk about your options and walk you through the adoption process in MA.
If needed, Adoptions With Love can help expectant/birth mothers with living and maternity-related expenses. Some adoption services available for women in Massachusetts include:
- Free counseling (before, during, and after the adoption takes place)
- Free legal services throughout the process
- Financial assistance with utilities, phone, and maternity-related expenses
- Housing assistance, if needed
- Help finding and covering the costs of medical care
Other benefits of building a relationship with our Massachusetts adoption agency include:
- Being able to choose open or closed adoption plans
- Being able to trust our experience around legal and binding agreements
- Being able to take your time in choosing the right family for your baby
- Being able to maintain a lifelong connection and relationship with our agency and/or your adoptive family
- Knowing that you will have our support and ongoing counseling post placement
If you would like to learn more about our adoption services for birth mothers, please call us at 800-722-7731 or complete our online form here.