Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements - Massachusetts

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Use of Advertisement

Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 210, § 11A

It is unlawful for any person or entity other than a duly authorized agent or employee of the Department of Children and Families or a child care or child-placing agency licensed under the provisions of chapter 15D to cause to be published in the Commonwealth an advertisement or notice of children offered or wanted for adoption; in any way offer to place, locate, or dispose of children offered or wanted for adoption; or hold himself or herself out in any way as being able to place, locate, or dispose of children for adoption.

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators

Citation: Ann. Laws Ch. 15D § 6

No person shall place or knowingly facilitate the placement of any child in the care or control of any other person not related to the child by blood or marriage, or in the care or control of any organization other than a licensed or approved placement agency, for purposes of adoption.

No person unrelated to the child by blood or marriage, and no organization other than a licensed or approved placement agency, shall receive that child for purposes of adoption, except from a licensed or approved placement agency.