619 N.E.2d 315 (1993)
The child was conceived by artificial insemination by the non-biological mother's cousin.
- On appeal, the court concluded that the trial court had jurisdiction under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 210 to enter the decree.
- There was nothing on the statutes' face that precluded the joint adoption, which accomplished the legislative goal of promoting the child's best interests.
- The statute permitted adoption by the child's natural mother, and the required joinder of spouses, jurisdictional in nature, did not apply to joint petitions by unmarried persons.
- The biological mother's request to adopt her own child and her consent to the non-biological mother's adoption satisfied Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 210, § 2 (1992).
- Because both were blood relatives of the child and the department of social services approved the adoption, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 210, § 2A was satisfied.
- Adoption would not result in any tangible change in the child's life.
- It would entitle her to inheritance, support, and insurance from the non-biological mother and would allow the non-biological mother custody if the biological mother died.
- The natural mother's legal relationship to the child did not terminate on entry of the decree.
The court affirmed the decree of adoption by both petitioners.
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