Adoption overview

Children of all ages, from all ethnic and economic backgrounds are waiting to be adopted. Here you'll find an overview of the state's adoption services, answers to frequently asked adoption questions, a current schedule of informational meetings and training classes for prospective parents, and more.

Guide to Mass. adoption laws

Families who want to adopt in Massachusetts can go through the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) or a licensed child-placing agency. Learn what the laws in Massachusetts are regarding adoption and foster care.

Child support and custody

One of the most important aspects of any divorce in which children are involved is determining child custody and support. While every family is unique, each must resolve questions such as where and with whom will the children live? Who will make important decisions about their lives? What contact will they have with each of the two parents? How will their financial needs be met? Here you'll find information concerning Massachusetts law with regard to custody matters and child support, as well as shared parenting tips.

Child abuse and neglect

Physical abuse. Emotional abuse. Neglect. Some signs of child abuse are subtler than others. However, by learning common types of abuse and what you can do to stop it, you can make a huge difference in a child's life.