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In order to adopt, you must be at least 18 years old. You or the child must be a resident of Massachusetts. If you are married, including same-sex couples, both spouses must be a part of the adoption (except in very rare circumstances). Single people and unmarried couples may also adopt.
You can adopt anyone younger than you are, as long as they are not your spouse, brother, sister, uncle, or aunt.
A child under 14 must have lived with you for at least six (6) months. However, the court can waive this requirement in some cases.
In Massachusetts, private adoption—where the birth mother makes an arrangement with the adoptive parents—is not allowed. Instead, the adoption needs to meet of the following conditions: