Massachusetts Adoption, Home Studies and More
Pregnant and Considering Adoption in Massachusetts
Have you just found out you are pregnant and it is unexpected? Is this unwelcome news and you feel parenting is not the right choice for you and your baby? Are you unsure what to do or where to turn? Have you shared your news with the baby’s father, your family, and even close friends, and are getting a lot of different opinions? This can leave you feeling more confused about what you should do.
Make sure you fully understand all of your options before deciding what to do. Talk to a Lifetime coordinator who has been helping expectant women for many years. She can go over all of your options and connect you with the resources you need. You can text, call, or fill out our online form, and a Lifetime Adoption coordinator will be there for you.
What is the Adoption Process in Massachusetts?
If adoption is the right choice for you and your baby, your next step will be to choose a family or families to speak with. Check out Lifetime adoptive family profiles. You may be looking for a family from Massachusetts or from another state. You may want a family of a certain race or lifestyle. You will choose the right family for your baby unless you prefer a Lifetime coordinator chooses for you. Know that if you are parenting a toddler or older child and it is not a safe or healthy situation, adoption isn’t just for newborns. Your Lifetime coordinator will create an adoption plan for you and your child. A professional counselor will create a transition plan for you, your child, and the adoptive family. Together you will create a post-adoption contact agreement. This will be healthy for everyone involved, most importantly, the child.
An important part of your adoption process is the hospital plan if you are pregnant. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will help you create your plan. It will outline who will be in the delivery room, who will be the first to hold the baby, and other hospital stay details. Your coordinator will then share your plan with the hospital staff and adoptive family so everyone knows their role. You will also have a Massachusetts adoption attorney available at no cost to you. Your attorney will protect your rights, and make sure you fully understand the legalities of the adoption.
Open Adoption in Massachusetts
- What race or faith are you looking for in a family?
- What type of contact would you like with the adoptive family in the future?
- How do you see your hospital experience going?
- Do you have pregnancy-related financial needs?
Adoption can be the most loving and brave choice you can make for your child. It will comfort you to know that adoption no longer means you have to say goodbye forever. Open, modern adoption, means you will know your child is happy and healthy because you can receive pictures, updates, and even occasional visits. Many birth mothers have close relationships with their baby’s adoptive families. Not too long ago, one of our amazing birth mothers was getting married, and she asked if her daughter would want to be there. She was not only there, but the adoptive parents were there as well, and the adoptive father even walked the bride down the aisle.
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Massachusetts Adoptive Families
The adoption profiles below will show you waiting adoptive parents of all types and backgrounds in Massachusetts. When you browse these profiles, you can learn more about their:
- Home and neighborhood
- Values and religious beliefs
- Reasons for adopting
- And much more!
No matter what you’re looking for in an adoptive family, you deserve to find the perfect match. With waiting families from across the country, Lifetime Adoption provides more adoptive family profiles for you, giving you a greater chance of finding the right fit for your child.
Families Wanting to Adopt in Massachusetts
Are you in Massachusetts and would like to adopt a newborn, toddler, or child up to the age of six? As one of the nationwide leaders in modern adoption, Lifetime Adoption is here to guide you through the adoption process. Lifetime coordinators work hard every day to match birth mothers and adoptive families and to make sure expectant mothers have all the resources they need.
Starting the Adoption Process
So, how do you start the adoption process? It’s really quite simple. Just fill out our short online application. There is no fee to apply. Your application will be reviewed, and once you are pre-approved, a Lifetime Adoption coordinator will contact you to get you started on your adoption journey. Your Lifetime coordinator will get you started on your personal profile for birth mothers to view. You will also be provided referrals for your home study and an attorney in your area. You will also have access to the wealth of adoption education you need on our membership site.
Mardie Caldwell created Lifetime as a result of the experience she gained when adopting her son. She founded Lifetime over 30 years ago and since then Lifetime Adoption coordinators have been successfully matching birth mothers with adoptive families. Our coordinators will lead you expertly through the adoption process so that your dreams of growing your family through adoption are realized.
Adoption Laws in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, the timeline for legal documentation for adoption is as follows.
Consent to adoption cannot be executed until four days after the birth and is irrevocable upon execution.
Like every other state, Massachusetts has its own laws that must be followed before the finalization of the adoption.
Massachusetts Home Studies
With a home study, be prepared to provide the following and other documentation:
- A check for any criminal convictions or abuse or neglect of a child, or incidents of domestic violence for anyone in the home ages 14 or older
- Emotional stability and compatibility
- Education and health histories
- Family make up, including pets
- A description of the home, including sleeping arrangements
- Parenting ability, including plans for child rearing and discipline
- At least three written references
- A written statement from a doctor regarding the health of each member of the household
- Documentation of birth certificates, marriage certificates, and/or divorce decrees
- Show financial ability to care for an adopted child
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