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Children of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds are waiting to be adopted in Massachusetts. When you make the choice to adopt, you have the chance to start or expand your own family and give a child in need safety, stability, and love. The process is similar when you apply to be a foster parent.
To be eligible to adopt a child from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), you must:
Contact DCF to let us know that you’re interested in adoption. Call (800) 543-7508.
Complete a request to be contacted or email.
DCF will conduct a background check on everyone in your home over the age of 14.
A social worker will visit your home for a Physical Standards Check. We verify that your home has working safety equipment, such as working smoke detectors and that the living and sleeping quarters in your home provide adequate space, privacy and safety for all family members.
If your home does not meet one or more of our standards, you are given time to comply and we will do a follow-up visit.
See schedule here.
A social worker from your MAPP program will:
When DCF approves your application to adopt a child, they’ll start work to find a child who could thrive in your family. Learn more about the adoption placement process.
You can attend an adoption informational meeting to learn more about how you can help change the life of a child through adoption. Check ahead to see if you need to RSVP before attending.