Adopting a child
is accomplished by taking one small step at a
time with the Alliance staff assisting all along
TAKE THE FIRST STEP...
1. Read the Alliance Adoption Qualifications and
our set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You
may also wish to browse through My Story, a section
on our site where families share stories about
adopting through the Alliance for Children. If
you live near our offices, you can attend one
of our free adoption information meetings.
Print and return our online Application. Alternatively,
you can contact the Alliance main office by phone,
mail, or e-mail, and leave a mailing address and
phone number so the application can be sent to
you. Complete and send in your application to
THEN THE NEXT...
2. The homestudy consists of five to seven meetings
scheduled over two to three months with at least
one visit to your home. Residents living outside
Massachusetts or Rhode Island are required to
obtain a homestudy within their home state. Click
here to learn more about the homestudy.
For International Adoptions - During the homestudy,
your social worker will help you decide on an
adoption program and help you complete the documentation
necessary for your dossier. You can change programs
at any time; however, a change in program usually
requires a change in paperwork. To preview the
Alliance international adoption programs, visit
our International Programs page. There you can
browse through our quick reference guides for
adopting from Asia, Europe, and Latin America,
or look through our more detailed country by country
For Domestic Adoptions - If you are considering
a domestic adoption, your social worker will help
you prepare a "Dear Birthmother" letter
and photo album, which will be presented to prospective
birthmothers. Click here to learn more about Alliance
AND THE NEXT...
3. For International Adoptions - Most international
adoption programs require dossier documents to
be "authenticated." Your social worker
will explain how and where to do this. Once your
dossier is complete, it is translated and sent
to our referral source in your country of choice.
They review the dossier, contact us, and make
a referral of a child suited to your requests
who is legally available for adoption.
For Domestic Adoptions - Once a referral is made,
Alliance provides counseling, medical, and housing
expenses at no additional cost to the adoptive
parents. In Massachusetts, termination of parental
rights can occur within four days of birth. Alliance
helps complete all necessary legal work, including
the Interstate Compact, should that be necessary.
4. After your child arrives home, your social
worker will begin postplacement services, consisting
of three visits in your home to help you evaluate
your child's adjustment and answer any questions
you may have. These visits are required by law
in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
AND FIND THAT YOU'VE BECOME A FAMILY!
5. Within nine to twelve months, you will be asked
to legalize (finalize) the adoption of your child
in your home state. This requires a brief court
appearance which takes place during the first
year your child is at home.
6. The last step is naturalization and citizenship.
Alliance will assist you in applying to the Immigration
and Naturalization (INS) immediately after legalization.