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Adoptions and Residential Care

Under an agreement with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, EEC licenses adoption, foster care placement and residential care agencies.

Adoption in Massachusetts is only allowed through a licensed placement agency. This structure is designed to protect the three major parties in any adoption: the child; the birth parents; and the pre-adoptive parent(s).

If you are an adopted child and wish to find out about your biological family then find out about your adoptee rights

If you are a pregnant woman or an expectant father and are contemplating allowing your child to be adopted, you may find the sections concerning birth parents' rights in our regulations helpful. See Adoption Regulations

Adoption Resources
Adopt Us Kids http://http://www.adoptuskids.org/answeringTheCall.aspx
Adoption Information http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/
National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Resources http://www.adoptuskids.org/resourceCenter/atcPublications.aspx
Other Adoption Resources http://www.childwelfare.gov

Foster Care agencies place children in foster homes. There is a great need for people to open their homes and their hearts for children in need of families. These children are in the foster care system for any number of reasons, from being victims of abuse, to being physically or mentally challenged, to just not having any living relatives. To learn more about foster care please or becoming a foster parent access the Department of Children and Families

Residential Care is a broad term which encompasses a variety of services. They might include a group home, secure detention and treatment facilities, a temporary shelter, shelter home models, a transition to independent living program, transitional housing for teen parents or care for children with special needs on a regular, 24 hour a day residential facility. See Residential Regulations

To learn about Regulations and Policies

To download adoption, foster care or residential forms