Adoptive Parents

Are we there yet? When are we going to be there?

Just as you prepare to answer life’s big questions for a new member of your family, we’re ready to answer your questions about how to get from here to there.

The journey to adoptive parenthood may seem daunting at first, but we’ll guide you along the path, answer your questions and offer you support every step of the way.

We’ll help you:

  • Decide if adoption is the right option for you
  • Evaluate your domestic adoption choices
  • Navigate the process
  • Prepare for your growing family

Our experienced and supportive clinical social workers will set up a series of conversations with you. Each meeting, including one at your home, is a great opportunity for us to get to know you better, and for you to learn more about the world of adoption.

Throughout the process, we offer ongoing support and education services to help you become the best possible adoptive parent you can be. We offer an informative Parent Education Series covering topics like birth parents, normal development stages of childhood and adoption issues. And once you welcome your adopted child into your family, we continue to support you by providing post-adoptive counseling.

We look forward to working with you throughout your journey to adoptive parenthood.

Why not get started today? To speak with an adoption specialist, call 508-875-3100 x250 or fill out our contact form.


Open adoptions permit adoptive parents and birth parents to meet each other and determine together the degree of ongoing contact both before and after adoptive placement.

Parent-identified adoptions happen when adoptive families connect with birth parents through their own resources and then use the agency to facilitate the placement.

Traditional agency adoptions take place when a Massachusetts birth parent comes to the agency to request help in making an adoption plan for her child and chooses the adoptive family from amongst our waiting families.

The Path to Adoptive Parenthood

Schedule a free, confidential consultation with Marissa Zwelling, MSW, LCSW, Coordinator of Adoptive Parent Services. She’ll provide you with information about current adoption practices and relevant issues, review your options and plan a course of action. If you decide adoption is right for you, Marissa and the experienced, caring staff of Adoption Choices can help you successfully navigate the adoption process.

Contact Marissa at 508-875-3100 x250

Home study meetings are the beginning of your ongoing relationship with Adoption Choices. A social worker meets with you several times, including once in your home, to review together topics such as their personal background, present life, values, motivation to adopt and preparedness for parenting. These conversations are an opportunity for you to increase your knowledge about and comfort with adoption issues. After the meetings, the social worker summarizes her findings and proposes a recommendation regarding your plan to become adoptive parents. This confidential report becomes part of your permanent adoption record.

State law requires that a child reside with a family for at least six months prior to finalization of the adoption in Massachusetts probate court, during which time there must be regular contacts with your agency social worker. Some of these contacts will be home visits.

Finalization permanently transfers legal custody of the child from the agency to the adoptive parents. Massachusetts requires that all adoption finalizations be sponsored by a licensed agency. Adoption Choices will prepare a range of documents required by the court. Our sponsorship confirms our support of the adoption plan. Finalization of all domestic adoptions is a required part of the process.

Adoption is an ever-evolving, life-long process. Our clinicians have expertise in dealing with issues unique to the adoption experience, and we are always available for consultation and support.

We’re here to help you become the best possible adoptive parents you can be. We offer an informative Parent Education Series tailored to meet the needs of people whose lives are touched by adoption.

Frequently Asked Questions

The average waiting period is twelve to eighteen months. However, it can be longer or shorter, depending on the type of adoption. Our experienced staff can discuss your situation with you, and help determine your most appropriate course, as well as set realistic timeframe expectations.

The fees depend on the type of adoption and the costs related to the individual situation. In an effort to make the process more affordable, we offer a sliding fee scale. The Fran Goss Adoption Fund provides scholarships to families of modest means who would otherwise be unable to adopt.

We provide services to both traditional and non-traditional families.

No. We serve families of all religious and racial backgrounds.