Choosing to adopt is a huge decision, one that is not made easier by each state in the U.S. having different regulations and restrictions. If you are looking to adopt in the state of Massachusetts, here are some tips to remember:
- No matter where you choose to adopt from, you will still have to complete an official home study and background check. Each state has different requirements, but your adoption agency will be able to walk you through the particulars. Keep in mind that this process can take a while—up to a few months for submission and a few more for approval. (Welcome to the waiting game in adoption!)
- Every person in your home over the age of fourteen must complete the background check and home study process. The home must be safe, clean, and have room enough for each child, including a bed and storage space for each child.
- Any adult or married couple may adopt. You do not need to be married in order to adopt, but if your spouse is not going to take part in the adoption, you will need to meet some additional restrictions.
- If you are looking to adopt an older child, consider going through the foster system; in Massachusetts, the majority of waiting kids are between ages 6-12.
- If you choose to adopt through DCFS (the foster system) in Massachusetts, you will be given as much information as possible about the child you have been matched with, and you will be able to take some time to think about whether the placement is right for you.
- If you choose to go through a private adoption, know that the birth parents have up to four days after birth to consent to adopt. The mother is required to consent to the adoption, and if the father has not acknowledged his paternity, the mother is required to provide a written identification of the father, in order to notify him. He can choose to acknowledge this notification, and may then assert his parental rights.
- Consent is irrevocable upon signing. This means that once the child has been officially relinquished the birth parents can no longer change their minds.
- After you have had a child placed in your home, you will receive supervised visits from your assigned social worker until the court has finalized your adoption.
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Jennifer Galan mothers four kids (one adopted, three biological) all while living the nomadic life of a military wife. She is a strong advocate for open adoptions, education reform, feminism, kindness, and naps. Mostly naps. Her favorite Doctor is number ten, and she is a proud Ravenclaw.