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I was just wondering if anyone has adopted a newborn/young infant from MA DCF and how this process went.  We were told a while back by a SW that there is a very long wait for an infant but since then, I have heard otherwise.  Thanks!

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Well….We were placed with a six month old about six weeks ago as a preadoptive placement, and since then all parental rights have been terminated.  (There is still an appeal time period.).  We hope to finalize in the summer.  The baby is a doll and we have had a really good experience so far!  Just FYI, before we were matched, we were also called about two other kids:  a fifteen month old and a two year old (didn’t pan out for different reasons).  The problem of course is the “risk” that is inherent in the foster to adopt process and the SWs can’t really predict what will happen….We have an older DD that we adopted privately…this process is kind of a rollercoaster and not sure I would have been able to handle it the first time around (but I am a nervous nelly type!).  Best to you!

PS:  Meant to add that our license was approved in late July/early August and we got the call about baby in October!

Posted by mamallama on Jan 03, 2013 at 2:31am

I also live in MA and have just started to search inquiries on adopting from the DCF foster care system I would very much like to adopt a child through foster care but am nervous about what to expect.  My adopted daughter was adopted from Russia in 2006 and that process was very long and overwhelming at times.  I would like to be a foster parent first and then adopt.  Does anyone know if you are a foster parent to an infant or toddler can you adopt them once parental rights are terminating and can BIO parent get the child back years down the road.

How long did the process take from approval to being placed and if your an approved foster parent can you have a child in your home while the adoption process is going on

Posted by KellieTMac42 on Jan 11, 2013 at 12:54am

There is no answer. Some children are placed at two days old and permanent custody is taken quickly, there is an appeal time.

Some cases can go on for several years.
Sometimes dad steps forward or his family
But once permanent custody, appeal and adoption is done and no birth parents can’t get the child back at that point.

The cases you hear where the birth parent comes forward and gets the child back usually is because something was done not legally.

The child is placed with you as a foster child. Agencies prefer to place with families who will consider adoption so if that is the plan the child can stay. It is called concurrrent planning. They are working all aspects of the case (reunification, kinship and adoption) at once.

If you want to be a strictly foster home you would not be as likely to be placed with an infant as it would be seen in the child’s best interest to go to a foster/adopt home.

Every case is different but in all the best interests of the child is supposed to be the number one motivator.

Posted by Regina on Jan 11, 2013 at 7:03am

Thank you for answering my questions we are going with the adoption route as I would become to attached to any child placed in my care and would have a hard time letting them go.

Posted by KellieTMac42 on Jan 11, 2013 at 7:17am

I know this thread was posted a couple of years ago, but I was wondering how the infant adoption from DCF ended up working out.  We are interested in adopting an infant or toddler from DCF in the next couple of years and are not sure where to start and how long it will potentially take to legally be the child’s parents.

Posted by MAmama on May 02, 2015 at 5:13am

Infants are almost never legally free for adoption, because the family has the right to due process and to be supported in getting their child back. The goal of fostering is to support the family in getting their child back and support the child in going back home. If this fails, then the child’s goal switches to adoption. If you want to adopt, you need to adopt a legally free child, who will generally be at least 18 months old, because it takes at least this long for DCF/courts to decide they are no longer supporting a family with reunification. If you foster, you need to be supportive of the family in getting their child back, and most children do go home and end up doing well there. If you wish to adopt an infant, you need to do this via domestic newborn adoption.

Posted by triangular on Jun 11, 2019 at 5:51pm

There are people who get a newborn and the child is not returned to birth family some birth mothers even ask the foster parents to adopt. I know many families who adopted this way. Of course the child is a foster child at first and there are no guarantees (also no to little cost).

It is all a It depends situation

Posted by Regina on Jun 11, 2019 at 9:01pm

There are people who get a newborn and the child is not returned to birth family some birth mothers even ask the foster parents to adopt. I know many families who adopted this way. Of course the child is a foster child at first and there are no guarantees (also no to little cost).

It is all a It depends situation

Posted by Regina on Jun 11, 2019 at 9:01pm

I saw this thread get revived.  My baby who was legally free for adoption at 7 mos through mass dcf just turned 7 and is the light of our and her sister’s lives.

Posted by mamallama on Jun 12, 2019 at 12:24am

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