The road to adoption as a way to create or add to your family is different for everyone.  One of the first decisions to make is to figure out which type of adoption best suits your family.  There are three types of adoption: domestic infant, international and adoption from foster care.  Regardless of type of adoption, Massachusetts requires that all families work with a licensed adoption agency. 

Domestic Infant Adoption
This type of adoption involves working with an agency to adopt a newborn infant.  These infants are of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Often the adoptive family will be matched with a birthparent that is making an adoption plan for her baby.  There are varying degrees of openness between the adoptive and birth families.  There are fees associated with this type of adoption that include fees for the homestudy, birthparent expenses, and post placement services.   

International Adoption
Children from Eastern Europe, China, Central and Latin America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia are the children most often adopted internationally.  These children are usually under two years of age.  In addition to the Massachusetts adoption agency requirements, families must meet the requirements of the foreign country in which the child resides and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.  There are fees associated with this type of adoption that include fees for the homestudy, fees to the agency in the foreign country, post placement services and travel expenses. 

Adoption From Foster Care
MARE is involved with adoption from foster care (also referred to as special needs adoption). All of the children MARE serves are in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and reside in either foster homes or residential facilities.   The majority of these children are ages six and older, children of color of all ages, sibling groups, children with intellectual, emotional or physical difficulties or disabilities, and children at legal risk. MARE works with DCF and private agencies that contract with DCF to find permanent, loving homes for these children. For more information about adoption from foster care, please fill out MARE's General Information Request form.


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