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Growing your family the nontraditional way: Adoption

You want to grow your family and you have chosen to adopt in order to do that. Growing your family in this nontraditional way can be challenging. The adoption process often takes much longer than people expect it to, and it is filled with a million little hoops that need to be jumped through before a child ever finds his or her way into your home. There is no way to really fast-track the adoption process in Massachusetts, but with the assistance of legal counsel, it is possible to make sure everything that needs to be done is done right in order to avoid any delays.

If you want to adopt, there are a few ways to go about it. No matter how you choose to handle it, there are standard procedures that need to be followed. Filling out paperwork and having home studies completed are just the beginning. When all is said and done, it can take months or even years before the courts allow you to take a child home as your own.

No matter how you do it, you may think having an attorney is not necessary. Adoption agencies are supposed to handle everything, or all the forms you need can be found online, right? The simple truth of the matter is, adoption agencies are not necessarily looking out for your best interests. Having legal counsel on your side will ensure your rights and interests are protected every step of the way.

When you are ready to bring a child into your home, whether the child already resides in Massachusetts or somewhere else around the country or world, the waiting can be the worst part. Growing your family this nontraditional way should not take forever due to delays in the process. Legal counsel can help you get through it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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