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AAA Full Circle Adoptions & Family Building Center Inc. of Massachusetts
Arlington and Northampton, Massachusetts

Key Stats

Established:
November 30, 1996
Adoptions Completed:
230+
Member of:
Hague Accredited,Council on Accreditation
Licensed In:

Contact Us

Phone:
800.452.3678
Tollfree:
800.452.3678
Email:
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Address:
1025 Massachusetts Avenue (Arlingt'n) and 39 Main Street (N'ton)
City:
Arlington and Northampton
Zipcode:
02476 and 01060
Fax:
413.584.1624

FCA is a licensed, Hague accredited, full service adoption agency providing domestic and international adoption services.

AAA Full Circle Adoptions & Family Building Center welcomes you. We are a full service adoption agency, providing neutral expectant parent counseling and home study, placement, post-placement and finalization services. We work with expectant parents and adoptive parents throughout the country. We also provide international adoption services and are Hague Accredited. For expectant parents – we will provide private caseworkers who can come to you, wherever you are, so that transportation is not an issue. We provide neutral options counseling, pregnancy related living expenses, free legal consultation with an independent attorney and an opportunity to plan the adoption that feels right to you. Our director is both an actively practicing attorney and licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW- MA; LCSW- ME and CT) with over 25 years of adoption experience. Our case manager is also a law school graduate and social worker. All of our expectant parent counselors and home study social workers are licensed social workers and are experienced and trained in adoption work. We are noted for our thoughtful care of expectant parents, birthparents, adopted children, prospective adoptive parents and adoptive parents over the course of the lifespan. We provide free orientations for families seeking to adopt. We are available to expectant parents 24/7. Please feel free to call us, toll free, 1.800.452.3678.

ENDORSEMENTS

User reviews

We came to Full Circle Adoptions apprehensive about the adoption process. Marla Allisan and the rest of the staff were extremely encouraging, sensitive and helpful as they guided us through the various steps of the adoption. Even though there is so much bureaucracy to deal with in adoption, the Full Circle staff humanized it for us from beginning to end. Marla, as both a lawyer and social worker, navigated the intricacies of the adoption process with skill, humor and understanding. Working with the Full Circle Staff was not like working with an "agency" it was more like working with a supportive, knowledgeable and friendly team.

We had heard about how difficult it is to adopt but it was a fairly easy process for us. By May of 1999 our Vermont homestudy was complete as was our profile or "Dear Birthmother" letter. We told Full Circle we wouldn't be ready to adopt until September. Our son was born on September 5. Marla reminds us that it only took 5 days to adopt our son!

Our son is now a teenager. He’s a wonderful boy - bright, sweet, and very talented in music and acting. He’s a joy in our life. We highly recommend Marla and her team to anyone considering adoption. Thanks again, Marla!
Gina and Andrew
/ October 09, 2015

We came to Full Circle Adoptions apprehensive about the adoption process. Marla Allisan and the rest of the staff were extremely encouraging, sensitive and helpful as they guided us through the various steps of the adoption. Even though there is so much bureaucracy to deal with in adoption, the Full Circle staff humanized it for us from beginning to end. Marla, as both a lawyer and social worker, navigated the intricacies of the adoption process with skill, humor and understanding. Working with the Full Circle Staff was not like working with an "agency" it was more like working with a supportive, knowledgeable and friendly team.

We had heard about how difficult it is to adopt but it was a fairly easy process for us. By May of 1999 our Vermont homestudy was complete as was our profile or "Dear Birthmother" letter. We told Full Circle we wouldn't be ready to adopt until September. Our son was born on September 5. Marla reminds us that it only took 5 days to adopt our son!

Our son is now a teenager. He’s a wonderful boy - bright, sweet, and very talented in music and acting. He’s a joy in our life. We highly recommend Marla and her team to anyone considering adoption. Thanks again, Marla!

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With the help of Full Circle both our children joined us, to make our family.

Full Circle is a small agency that gets very involved with all aspects of the adoption process. The staff is very caring, thoughtful and detail oriented while being able to hold your hand and walk you through the many different aspects of an open adoption. Marla and Meredith both have law degrees and so when discussing various aspects of adoption with them, you always know they have a unique insight. In addition to being a lawyer, Marla (Director of FCA) is also a social worker. Each person involved in the circle that makes up an adoption is very important to all of the Full Circle staff.

Wonderful agency!
Spiegel Steve
/ October 28, 2014

With the help of Full Circle both our children joined us, to make our family.

Full Circle is a small agency that gets very involved with all aspects of the adoption process. The staff is very caring, thoughtful and detail oriented while being able to hold your hand and walk you through the many different aspects of an open adoption. Marla and Meredith both have law degrees and so when discussing various aspects of adoption with them, you always know they have a unique insight. In addition to being a lawyer, Marla (Director of FCA) is also a social worker. Each person involved in the circle that makes up an adoption is very important to all of the Full Circle staff.

Wonderful agency!

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We are very grateful for everything that Marla and the whole staff did that made our adoption a success. We could not be happier with our little Andrew and are very grateful for all their help.

The process of adoption can seem long and difficult. Right from the beginning Marla was there to explain, and re-explain, the process and to be supportive to us. We remember hearing from Full Circle when we were first starting our paperwork and greatly appreciated the encouragement we received. At one point we were very discouraged, but Marla was always there to help us see the light at the end of the tunnel. On the day that we picked up Andrew, the entire staff was available to us as much as we needed, even giving up the better part of that Sunday to be with us and come with us to the hospital to pick up our precious little boy. They even followed up during the first week to see how we were doing. They continue to be interested in our son and us over seven years since he was born.

We were greatly impressed by, and thankful for, Marla's legal knowledge. She helped us understand all the legal issues involved with adoption and worked tirelessly to ensure that both we, and Andrew's birthparents, completely understood the process and understood our rights and commitments. Full Circle was also diligent in helping us get all relevant health information.

More importantly, Full Circle helped us to really appreciate adoption. When we first started the process, we were more focused on what we wanted and ourselves. Over time we really came to appreciate the issues and tough decisions facing birthmothers and birthfathers. We are very happy that we have communications with Andrew's birth parents.

We are happy to recommend Full Circle to anyone.
Ken and Anita
/ October 15, 2014

We are very grateful for everything that Marla and the whole staff did that made our adoption a success. We could not be happier with our little Andrew and are very grateful for all their help.

The process of adoption can seem long and difficult. Right from the beginning Marla was there to explain, and re-explain, the process and to be supportive to us. We remember hearing from Full Circle when we were first starting our paperwork and greatly appreciated the encouragement we received. At one point we were very discouraged, but Marla was always there to help us see the light at the end of the tunnel. On the day that we picked up Andrew, the entire staff was available to us as much as we needed, even giving up the better part of that Sunday to be with us and come with us to the hospital to pick up our precious little boy. They even followed up during the first week to see how we were doing. They continue to be interested in our son and us over seven years since he was born.

We were greatly impressed by, and thankful for, Marla's legal knowledge. She helped us understand all the legal issues involved with adoption and worked tirelessly to ensure that both we, and Andrew's birthparents, completely understood the process and understood our rights and commitments. Full Circle was also diligent in helping us get all relevant health information.

More importantly, Full Circle helped us to really appreciate adoption. When we first started the process, we were more focused on what we wanted and ourselves. Over time we really came to appreciate the issues and tough decisions facing birthmothers and birthfathers. We are very happy that we have communications with Andrew's birth parents.

We are happy to recommend Full Circle to anyone.

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Full Circle is a wonderful agency! We have 2 wonderful children with the help of this agency. The staff is very helpful, thorough and conscientious! I highly recommend using Full Circle!
G Debra
/ October 05, 2014

Full Circle is a wonderful agency! We have 2 wonderful children with the help of this agency. The staff is very helpful, thorough and conscientious! I highly recommend using Full Circle!

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As first-time adoptive parents, my husband and I wanted to choose an agency that could walk us through the process without feeling like anyone was getting taking advantage of, including the birth parents. Full Circle is a thought, informed and customer service focused organization that uses online instructional videos, frequent phone or video calls with the Executive Director and frequent e-mail contact to keep clients informed of everything going on in the process and to prepare for the next steps. After searching for a match for a little over a month, FCA found an another agency with a birth family that matched the criteria we were looking for and connected us to them. Even after we started working with the other agency, FCA was with us every step of the way providing guidance and moving over the money in escrow we had left over after original expenses. Marla, the ED is smart and supportive. And the rest of the staff is wonderful too. We will always be grateful that they connected us to our son Prescott and helped make our family complete.
Johnson DJ
/ October 03, 2014

As first-time adoptive parents, my husband and I wanted to choose an agency that could walk us through the process without feeling like anyone was getting taking advantage of, including the birth parents. Full Circle is a thought, informed and customer service focused organization that uses online instructional videos, frequent phone or video calls with the Executive Director and frequent e-mail contact to keep clients informed of everything going on in the process and to prepare for the next steps. After searching for a match for a little over a month, FCA found an another agency with a birth family that matched the criteria we were looking for and connected us to them. Even after we started working with the other agency, FCA was with us every step of the way providing guidance and moving over the money in escrow we had left over after original expenses. Marla, the ED is smart and supportive. And the rest of the staff is wonderful too. We will always be grateful that they connected us to our son Prescott and helped make our family complete.

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There are a lot of sketchy adoption agencies out there, I didn't realize this because we settled in with our selection of Full Circle without really looking any many others - mostly because we knew we wanted as open an adoption as we could have.

They are warm, thorough, thoughtful, and very patient. And I was most impressed with their respectful, compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to birth parents, including their commitment to trying to get birth fathers to agree to an adoption plan whenever this is realistic.

If you're in New England, don't go anywhere else if you are considering adoption
Supergirl Real
/ September 29, 2014

There are a lot of sketchy adoption agencies out there, I didn't realize this because we settled in with our selection of Full Circle without really looking any many others - mostly because we knew we wanted as open an adoption as we could have.

They are warm, thorough, thoughtful, and very patient. And I was most impressed with their respectful, compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to birth parents, including their commitment to trying to get birth fathers to agree to an adoption plan whenever this is realistic.

If you're in New England, don't go anywhere else if you are considering adoption

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We are extremely grateful for all that Full Circle has done and continues to do to make us a forever family. From the very beginning, they always gave us their utmost attention and shared their time freely, giving us as much as we needed in the moment. We felt lucky to have Marla’s intuition and expertise guide us through every step of the process. Her background and experience make her an invaluable asset to us and the adoption community – you won’t find a more compassionate, wise, and experienced practitioner.

We always felt respected and heard by the staff. They were willing to be there whenever we needed to talk, to be available and to be a listening presence.

It is nice to know that they are still just a phone call away, and that our relationship didn’t end with the adoption of our daughter. We will be forever grateful to Full Circle, and the impact they have had on our lives. We highly recommend Full Circle to support you in your journey to become a parent.
Jennifer and Davide
/ September 29, 2014

We are extremely grateful for all that Full Circle has done and continues to do to make us a forever family. From the very beginning, they always gave us their utmost attention and shared their time freely, giving us as much as we needed in the moment. We felt lucky to have Marla’s intuition and expertise guide us through every step of the process. Her background and experience make her an invaluable asset to us and the adoption community – you won’t find a more compassionate, wise, and experienced practitioner.

We always felt respected and heard by the staff. They were willing to be there whenever we needed to talk, to be available and to be a listening presence.

It is nice to know that they are still just a phone call away, and that our relationship didn’t end with the adoption of our daughter. We will be forever grateful to Full Circle, and the impact they have had on our lives. We highly recommend Full Circle to support you in your journey to become a parent.

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We knew that Full Circle was the agency for us when we heard them talk so profoundly and thoughtfully about the perspectives of all those involved in the adoption process, and we were so right! We had full confidence that Full Circle would take care of everyone’s hearts and best interests, particularly the child’s. Even through the adoption roller coaster, Full Circle held our hands and walked us through the process every step of the way, from late night phone calls to Sunday morning meetings. They demonstrated all the patience, knowledge, and understanding under the sun. We are so grateful to them every day for bringing our family together!
Elana and Gary
/ September 29, 2014

We knew that Full Circle was the agency for us when we heard them talk so profoundly and thoughtfully about the perspectives of all those involved in the adoption process, and we were so right! We had full confidence that Full Circle would take care of everyone’s hearts and best interests, particularly the child’s. Even through the adoption roller coaster, Full Circle held our hands and walked us through the process every step of the way, from late night phone calls to Sunday morning meetings. They demonstrated all the patience, knowledge, and understanding under the sun. We are so grateful to them every day for bringing our family together!

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The team at Full Circle Adoptions was there for us every step of the way. Through all the paperwork, when we were anxiously waiting for any interest in our profile, the first meeting with our sons birthparents to visiting us in the hospital shortly after he was born.

We love that Marla is both an attorney and a social worker - she understood all angles of the adoption. The team at Full Circle always knew us by first name and we never felt like a number or a nuisance when we called - no matter how small the question.

The adoption process is difficult and long, but we always felt we were in the best hands with Full Circle! We absolutely recommend Full Circle Adoptions to anyone looking for an agency.
Erin and Matt
/ September 27, 2014

The team at Full Circle Adoptions was there for us every step of the way. Through all the paperwork, when we were anxiously waiting for any interest in our profile, the first meeting with our sons birthparents to visiting us in the hospital shortly after he was born.

We love that Marla is both an attorney and a social worker - she understood all angles of the adoption. The team at Full Circle always knew us by first name and we never felt like a number or a nuisance when we called - no matter how small the question.

The adoption process is difficult and long, but we always felt we were in the best hands with Full Circle! We absolutely recommend Full Circle Adoptions to anyone looking for an agency.

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