Adopting a child in Massachusetts is a multi-step process designed to ensure that adoptive parents and the children they adopt are a good match. The first step in the process is to call the Department of Children and Families. A representative from the department will then perform an inspection on an applicant's home to ensure that it provides adequate safety and privacy for everyone living there.
Anyone over the age of 14 who is living with a prospective adoptive parent will be required to go through a background check. Applicants will then have to attend weekly training courses and submit to a fingerprint check prior to being matched with a child. An agent will then review an applicant's home again and decide what type of and how many children an applicant may adopt. The matching process could happen quickly or be a lengthy process depending on how many children are available at a given time.