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Once you’ve been approved to adopt a child in Massachusetts, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) will work to find a child who could thrive in your family.
There is no set time for how long this placement process can take — it’s all about finding the best match for everyone involved.
When DCF finds a child in their care who may be a good fit for your family, you’ll go through the following steps. Keep in mind that the transition plan is different for every child.
This information includes:
In some cases, a child’s birth parents have not agreed to give up their legal parental rights. DCF may place a child with a stable and loving pre-adoptive family while they seek a termination of rights in court.
If the child is in this situation, DCF will inform you at this stage, because there is a risk that you may not ultimately be able to adopt them. However, DCF believes it’s in the best interest of every child to be placed in a potentially permanent home as soon as possible.
Based on this information, you can decide if you want to learn more.
This can include:
In some cases, you may have a chance to meet with teachers, foster parents, or other professionals who have a relationship with the child you may adopt.
DCF recommends that you take a few days to think about everything you’ve learned before you decide if you’d like to meet the child.
If you decide to go ahead with the process, DCF will schedule visits with the child. The first few times you meet them will be at their foster home or somewhere else where they feel comfortable.
If your initial visits go well and everyone is comfortable, you can plan visits outside of the child’s home, like a trip to a park or out for a meal. When you and the child are both comfortable, you can schedule visits at your home.