Kid’s Net

On March 1st, MassHealth began to transition members to new health plan options.

 
Here is what foster parents should know: 
  • This is the time to call your Area Office Medical Social Worker with any questions about the health coverage of a child in your care.
  • That you should always consult with your Area Office Medical Social Worker before making changes to the health coverage of a child in your care.
  • ~75% of children in DCF care will not be transitioning to a new health plan due to their continued Fee-for-Service coverage.
Learn more about how the changes to MassHealth will affect the children in your care here.

Additional MassHealth Resources:

ACO/MCO Continuity of Care FAQs

MassHealth Health Plan Directory

Continuity of Care

MSPCC’s Kid’s Net Program provides a range of service to connect foster and kinship families to the information, resources, respite and support networks they need to address the unique challenges that come with raising foster children. Services are available to foster families throughout Massachusetts.

Out-of-Hours Helpline: (800) 486-3730

MSPCC offers an after-hours telephone helpline that provides emergency assistance to foster, kinship and pre-adoptive families when DCF offices are closed. The helpline is staffed by social workers experienced in foster care issues. They can provide telephone support to help resolve problems or, if necessary, arrange for an emergency home visit. The helpline is open 5 P.M. to 9 A.M., Monday-Friday and 24 hours on weekends and holidays: (800) 486-3730.

Training

Kid’s Net provides training and conferences throughout the state with topics specific to the issues facing foster, adoptive and kinship families. Kid’s Net also offers opportunities to attend courses in CPR and First Aid. View the Kid’s Net Training Calendar February 2018 – June 2018

Family Resource Liaisons

Family Resources Liaisons (FRLs) are experienced foster, adoptive or kinship parents who offer information, support and mentoring to other parents.

Respite

Everyone needs a break from parenting once in a while, and respite is an important way to ensure that parents are able to take care of themselves, so they can continue to care for their children. Family respite is a planned time-out or vacation for DCF foster and pre-adoptive parents. Families can receive up to ten days of paid respite each year.

Short-Term Child Care

Planned, short-term, day and evening care provided in licensed childcare homes is available to allow foster, pre-adoptive and kinship families to attend to foster care-related or personal business; provide a break from parenting; and to meet other needs that impact the overall stability of the family.

KINnections

Available in Metro Boston
As part of the Kid’s Net program, KINnections focuses on providing support and respite to grandparents raising their grandchildren. The program provides support groups, informational resources, and camp scholarships.
KINnections Featured in Boston Seniority Magazine.

Contact a Kid’s Net Director for More Information

Boston
Deanna Forist
Phone: (617) 983-5800
Email: dforist@mspcc.org

Northern
Carol Casey
Phone: (978) 682-9222 
(617) 447-5417
Email: ccasey@mspcc.org

Western & Central
Ali Weissman
Phone: (413) 734-4978 or
(413) 747-0040
Email: aweissman@mspcc.org

Southern 
Kim Kelley
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