BCF Adoption Services

Parents who adopt come from all walks of life.

You do not have to be married, wealthy, or have a specific education or background to adopt a child. If you have ever considered adopting a child in need, we can guide your family journey.

Who are adoptive parents?

Adoptive parents want to open their hearts and homes to a child in need of consistency and love. They offer a nurturing home where a child can grow, with stable family connections in their life journey. Adoptive parents stand with children who have lived with instability and loss.

Adoptive parents are single parents, two-parent families, same-sex couples, or grandparents. They are first-time parents, or experienced parents. Some have other children living in their homes.

Who are the children?

When children can no longer remain with their birth families, most move to foster homes. Some children are teens as old as 18, but most are younger than 12. Many have endured a range of challenges during their young lives. They deserve more.

How does BCF prepare parents for adoption?

  • BCF provides required family training (MAPP) and home studies. Then we work together to identify a child or siblings who will be a good fit for your family.
  • BCF conducts a thorough assessment of a child identified for adoption, which helps us connect a child with a permanent home.
  • BCF works with the child and his/her new family at every step of the process.

How much does adoption cost? Is financial support available?

There is no charge to adopt a child through the state Department of Children and Families. A small stipend is available for the family after a child is placed, and the subsidy may continue for children with special needs.

What kind of families adopts children through BCF?

All kinds. The ideal family is one with energy, a sense of humor, resilience, flexibility and a healthy respect for honoring differences. Ideal families have room in their homes, hearts and schedules to welcome a child who needs a loving, permanent home.

parent-ducksMario needed a family who would not give up on him. BCF worked to place him with his grandparent, and he now has a forever home — and a school team on his side as well.

Wendy Dickinson

413-448-8281 ext. 234


Stephanie and Jamie were eager to grow their family by adopting children from foster care. They longed to parent children who needed them, to honor family connections and to help children achieve their potential. The couple was matched with Mehki and Khalil, and with support from their adoptive parents, they continue to visit their birth family, which plays an important role in their lives.