Support for Foster Families
When children need to be removed from their biological homes to keep them safe, they need to find loving, supportive homes where they can heal and adjust to these changes. In Massachusetts, foster parents are supported by MSPCC’s Kid’s Net Program, a network of counselors who help foster parents understand and manage the needs of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Kid’s Net also provides respite care for the families and recreational experiences that families enjoy together.
MSPCC also supports the Massachusetts Alliance For Families (MAFF), an organization of foster parents who advocate for the rights of foster children and families.
Support for Kinship Caregivers
MSPCC’s KINnections provides support and respite for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other kin raising children. In the Greater Boston area, MSPCC’s KINnections for grandparents raising their grandchildren offers support groups, informational resources, and camp scholarships.
When children cannot be returned to their biological families, MSPCC’s Adoption Services facilitates the adoption process for these foster children by screening and providing training for prospective adoptive parents, conducting home visits, and helping to match children and families. Post-adoption, MSPCC’s Adoptive Families Together offers continued training, education, and support for adoptive parents.
Online Foster Care Training Videos
Check out these online training videos for foster parents aimed at helping them to understand substance use disorders and the impact on children in foster care, their parents, and foster parents. See all the videos here.