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Massachusetts Adoption

Adoption in Massachusetts

If you live in Massachusetts and are pregnant and considering adoption, please visit our For Birthmothers page for more information on how the adoption process works.  

Looking for the right Adoptive Family for you?  Visit our View Waiting Families page to read profiles for adoptive families hoping to adopt a child.

Below is some brief information about adoption laws in Massachusetts.  If you are an adoptive family and are just starting your adoption journey, visit our Adoptive Family Page to learn more about how adoption works.   Below is a list of Massachusetts Home Study Providers if you are an adoptive family looking to take the first steps in your adoption journey.  

We appreciate that you have taken the time to stop by and certainly look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Massachusetts Adoption Law

When it comes to laws that govern Massachusetts adoption, trying to find a quick and simple answer can be frustrating.  Trying to decipher what a specific adoption law statute means can be overwhelming.  Below is a quick summary to some of the most common Massachusetts adoption laws.  NOTE: Under no circumstances should this information be relied upon as complete legal advice or applicable to your specific adoption.  It is intended only to be a reference and not definitive.

Consent to Adopt

The birthmother and birthfather can sign consent anytime 4 days after the birth and must be witnessed by a Notary, 2 witnesses, and an Adoption Agency. Consent is irrevocable at signing without a court hearing. The state does not have a birthfather registry.

Birthmother Living Expenses

Birthmother living expenses are allowed to be paid, however; $980 a month is the maximum allowable amount. Up to 8 months post partum expenses may be allowable. The state requires that all birthmother living expenses must be disbursed by a licensed child placing agency.

Adoption Finalization

Finalization may occur 7-12 months from the date consent to adopt is irrevocable. The state does allow non-residents to finalize in the state of Massachusetts but an in-state agency is required.

Massachusetts Home Study Providers

In Massachusetts, a Home Study is the first step in the adoption process.  Essentially, a home study is performed to ensure that you would be capable and appropriate parents to an adopted child.  A home study may be performed by the Massachusetts Department of Human Resources, a licensed child placing agency, or an individual or agency licensed by the department to perform investigations

Over the years, Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions has built a national database of Home Study Providers. These are individuals that have proven to be professionals in their field. Based on our experience, they provide the most comprehensive and qualified home studies within their state.

This list is provided to you as a service in the interest of positive adoptions. All individuals and entities listed are independent and do not represent Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions in any way. Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions does not receive any fee or portion of the home study provider’s fee for making their contact information available to you.

Ruthie Rich

Alliance For Children
Needham, MA
781 444-7148

Lutheran Community Services of Southern New England

Lutheran Community Services of Southern New England
Worchester, MA
774 243-3962