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The chart below provides a list of the forms necessary to file an Adoption of a Minor followed by a brief description and link to the forms. In some cases there are also instructions for these forms. You should READ THE INSTRUCTIONS carefully. Forms with an asterisk (*) are forms REQUIRED to initiate your case in ALL circumstances.
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(All Forms should be completed in PERMANENT BLACK INK!)
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|Form Name||Description Of Form||Form||Instructions|
|*Petition for Adoption and Affidavit of Petitioner(s)||This form must be completed by the adopting parties.|
|*Affidavit Disclosing Care or Custody Proceedings||Complete this form to let the court know if there are any care or custody proceedings regarding the child in Massachusetts or any other state.|
|*Federal Missing Child Search||This form must be completed by the adopting parties and mailed or faxed to the Department of Children and Families.|
|Request for Record Information (CORI)||Petitioner(s) must complete this form to be filed with the adoption paperwork.|
|Surrender of Parent||To be completed by the birth parent(s) seeking to terminate their parental rights.|
|Motion to Waive Report of DCF||This form may be completed if the natural parent is one of the adopting parties.|
|Affidavit - Parent(s) Unknown or of Parts Unknown (Bio Parent)||This form to be completed with the most current information regarding the parent(s) whereabouts or identity.|
|Motion for Publication if Unknown Father||Required if ID of father is unknown.|