Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Children: Adoption

B4 Adoption Agency Licensing

B5 Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange


B4 Adoption Agency Licensing
Department of Early Education and Care
51 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: 617-988-6600
www.mass.gov/eec

Adoption, foster care , and group care services all share the fact that the children who receive these services are in care for 24 hours a day. Generically, this is termed residential care. The Department of Early Education and Care is responsible to license the service provider for this type of care.  This responsibility means licensing the program actually delivering the care to the child. At other times, it means licensing the agency which makes the arrangement to place a child in custody of another person. These programs are called placement agencies. Adoption in Massachusetts is only allowed through a placement agency/adoption agency licensed by EEC. No private adoptions are permitted (international adoptions are not regulated). For a listing of regional offices, click here. Those interested in adopting a child who is waiting for a family, please call the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (see below).


B5 Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. (MARE)
45 Franklin Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02110-1301
Tel: 617-54 ADOPT (542-3678)
Toll free: 1-800-882-1176
Fax: 617-542-1006
www.mareinc.org 

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange is a private, non-profit office which serves all of Massachusetts and works with any licensed adoption agency in the state. It is a coordinating service for all 36 Massachusetts adoption agencies. The exchange does not place children directly but a central registry puts waiting adoptive parents in touch with children waiting for adoption.


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