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We strongly recommend you find a lawyer to assist you with the adoption process.
You will need to file your adoption with your local Probate Family Court.
Sometimes adoptions are filed in Juvenile Court or in District Court. Adoptions are filed in Juvenile Court only when they have a pending case involving that child, usually through a care and protection that moves to a termination of rights case. Gloucester and Brookline District Courts retained their jurisdiction over juvenile matters, but they are exceptions to the general rule.
You will need to submit the following forms:
Following the above form filings, you must respond to a Federal and Central Registers of Missing Children Search Request. The court will send this to you after you have filed the other forms. You must then send your response to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF will then perform a search and make sure your intended child was not reported missing.
There is no filing fee for an adoption. However, you will need to pay the sheriff or constable for providing notice. These costs will vary.
All applicable forms should be submitted to your local court. However, please note that other documents may be required from additional agencies. See our Related Links for more information.
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Forms may mailed to your respective local court. However, please note that other documents may be required from additional agencies. See our Related Links for more information.
Please note that the following documents may be required given particular circumstances: