Services for Adopting Parents

Bright Futures Adoption Center offers both pre and post-placement services for adoptive families. Click below to learn more about each of the services offered by Bright Futures.

Initial Educational Consultation

Homestudy Services

Networking Services

Counseling and Support

Escrow Account Management Services

Post-Placement Supervision

Legal Finalization

Post-Placement Parenting Group

Facilitation of Contact with the Birth Family

Newsletter

Initial Educational Consultation
The first step in becoming a client of Bright Futures is to participate in a two hour educational consultation. During the consultation, we will talk with you about why you have decided to build your family through adoption, your specific needs, desires and concerns about adoption, and what type of adoption is right for you. We will also explain the services offered by Bright Futures, our policies and procedures and how you can begin networking to find a pregnant woman/couple. In order to make the consultation as productive as possible, Bright Futures requests that all pre-adoptive parents complete Bright Futures’ Adoptive Parent Application and Intake Form and submit it to Bright Futures at least one week prior to the consultation.
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Homestudy Services
All adopting parents that wish to work with Bright Futures must have a favorable homestudy completed by Bright Futures or completed by a licensed adoption agency or social worker in the state where the adopting parents reside within the last twelve months and approved by Bright Futures. During the homestudy process, Bright Futures will evaluate your ability to meet the physical, developmental, emotional and educational needs of a child and will write a written report stating its conclusions as to the characteristics of children which your home can safely accommodate and which you can best serve. If you have a homestudy that was completed more than twelve months ago, Bright Futures will confirm the data included in your homestudy report and update your homestudy. top

Networking Services
If you choose to continue working with Bright Futures after the Initial Educational Consultation, Bright Futures will assist you in the process of searching for a pregnant woman or couple considering making an adoption plan for their child. As part of the networking process, Bright Futures will assist you in the preparation of a family profile and letter to birth parents that gives birth parents a sense of who you are and what you believe. Bright Futures will share your profile with birth parents who most closely share your needs and expectations about the adoption (including expectations about the racial, cultural or religious identity of the child, ongoing contact, and financial ability/needs). Bright Futures will act as a link between the adopting parents, the birth parents and any other adoption agency, attorney or other adoption professional that may be involved in a particular situation. Bright Futures will also be available to answer calls from birth parents responding to the networking efforts of adoptive parents. top

Counseling and Support
Bright Futures will provide education, counseling and support to adoptive parents throughout the adoption process. Each situation is different and requires individual attention based on the specific needs of the parties involved in the adoption. Counseling and support may include in each case counseling adoptive parents about their role in the adoption triangle and compassionate methods of communicating with birth parents and their extended family; providing support in specific situations that arise prior to or after the birth of the child; assisting the adoptive parents in creating an adoption plan that is appropriate for all parties to the adoption and modifying the adoption plan to meet changes in circumstances throughout the adoption process; assisting adoptive parents in arranging the details of the delivery itself and dealing with the legal and emotional issues that may arise; helping adoptive parents assess the risks presented by the particular situation; and counseling adoptive parents in managing their relationship with the birth family after the birth and placement of a child. In addition, adoptive parents will have the option of becoming part of a support network comprised of people who have adopted or are in the process of adopting.top

Escrow Account Management Services
During the adoption process, adoptive parents are often asked to pay certain pregnancy and adoption-related expenses of the birth parents. Such payments are typically made out of an escrow account funded by the adoptive parents. Bright Futures provides adoptive parents with escrow account management services, including setting up the escrow account, monitoring expenses, timely payment of all authorized expenses, and provision of detailed monthly accounting reports whenever there is activity relating to the account.top

Post-Placement Services
For adoptive parents residing in Massachusetts, there is a six-month post-placement waiting period (beginning on the date you return to Massachusetts with your baby) before you can finalize the adoption in court. During that time, a social worker from Bright Futures will visit with you and your baby once a month to assess how the placement is working. Based on these visits, Bright Futures will complete a monthly report setting forth the developmental milestones of the baby, your and your family’s adjustment to the role of parent and adoptive family, and the social worker’s conclusions about the appropriateness of the placement. At the end of the six month period, Bright Futures prepares the post-placement report filed with the adoption petition.top

Legal Finalization
For adoptive parents located in Massachusetts, Bright Futures provides those legal services necessary to finalize the adoption, including meeting interstate compact requirements, filing the adoption petition in the Probate and Family Court and attending the finalization hearing. top

Post-Placement Parenting Group
The Post-Placement Parenting Group meets once a week for eight weeks and is designed specially for adoptive parents and their babies. The Group focuses on topics of interest to new adoptive parents and the exact agenda for each eight week session varies depending on the specific interests of each group of parents. The topics that might be covered include infant care and other topics typically covered in a first-time parenting group (feeding, sleeping, playing with your infant etc), your adoption stories, talking to your family and friends about adoption, creating a “life” book for your child, and managing your relationship with your child’s birth family. The Group will provide support as you adjust to parenting and, specifically to adoptive parenting, and an opportunity to meet other adoptive families in your area. top

Facilitation of Ongoing Contact with Your Child’s Birth Family
Building a relationship with your child’s birth family based on trust and mutual respect is an important part of your job as an adoptive parent. Bright Futures can help you build your relationship by:

  • Facilitating the exchange of pictures and letters if you or the birth parents are not comfortable disclosing your/their address at the outset;
  • Assisting you in creating an ongoing contact plan that is comfortable for you, comfortable for the birth parents and in the best interests of the child (such a plan may include a combination of letters, telephone calls and/or visits);
  • Assisting you in revising an ongoing contact plan that has become uncomfortable for you, for the birth parents or for the child; or
  • Providing a neutral ground for meetings or visits with the birth family. top

Newsletter
As a client of Bright Futures, you will receive Bright Futures’ newsletter. The newsletter contains articles on current adoption issuues, letters and articles from birth parents and adoptive parents on their adoption experiences, dates of upcoming adoption conferences and news about Bright Futures, its programs and services. top