• First, call 1-800-KIDS-508 to talk about your interest in becoming an adoptive parent. We will answer any questions you have, and will begin the registration process when you are ready to proceed.

  • A social worker from the Department will visit your home or, upon your request, will send you a Registration of Interest form. You must fill out this form and return it to The Department of Children and Families.

  • Background Record Checks are completed on each household member over age 14. We seek to ensure that your household is a safe environment for placing a child.

  • Your home must pass our Physical Standards Check. We will verify that your home has working safety equipment; such as 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 will be given time to comply and we will do a follow-up visit.

  • When your home has passed our Physical Standards Check, we will give or send you an application form. You fill out the application, and send the completed form to the Department of Children and Families.

  • After we receive your completed application, you will be invited to attend the Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) training program. MAPP training sessions are approximately three hours per week over several weeks. You will learn about the difficulties faced by our waiting children, and how your family life will be impacted by the addition of an adopted child. MAPP covers topics such as communication, building self-esteem, child guidance and discipline.

  • One of the social workers leading the MAPP group will visit your home, interview your family members, and request personal references from you. Following the visits and reference checks, the social worker prepares a Home Study document. This document details your family's strengths and identifies the right type of child for your family.

  • When you have successfully completed MAPP, a Department of Children and Families Supervisor will review the home study, and will approve you and your family for one or more children. When your family is approved, your home becomes licensed. Placement decisions are based on matching the needs of the children and the ability of your family to meet the needs of those children.


This information is provided by the Department of Children and Families.