Kid’s Net

MSPCC’s Kid’s Net Program provides a range of services to connect foster, pre-adoptive, 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.

 

For information and resources for foster parents regarding COVID-19, click here.

 

After-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 non-emergency situations. 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 throughout the state with topics specific to the issues facing foster, adoptive and kinship families. Click below for our Training and Support Group Calendars!

 

We are building our online library!  Over the next several months Kid’s Net will be adding videos of our trainings so that you can access them on your time.  Please check back regularly for new topics! 
 
 Safe & Sound with Dr. Heather Forkey.  In this webinar, Dr. Forkey shares the best information from pediatric experts about coronavirus safety and treatment, and discusses how to work with your pediatric provider to keep kids healthy now and well beyond the pandemic.  
 
Caring for the Caregiver:  Tips on regulating emotions for yourself and your foster child. 
 
The Connected Caregiver: Tips for handling challenging behaviors in challenging times. 
 
Virtual Visits. Please join Kim Kelley, the Kid’s Net Southeast Regional Director, for this informative webinar on navigating virtual visits.  Kim touches on everything from the potential benefits of virtual visits to how to navigate different situations and circumstances.
 
Window of Tolerance:  This 2-part workshop, led by Katie Everson, will help you better understand your child’s behaviors and start to tune into what they are trying to tell us. 
 
Healing Trauma Through Occupational Therapy: This 2-part workshop, led by Katie Everson, will help you better understand your child’s behaviors and start to tune into what they are trying to tell us. 
 
IEP’s and Supporting Kids’ Mental Health During COVID-19: Melinda Macht-Greenberg, PhD, is a Harvard-trained child psychologist and faculty member at Tufts University who provides expert advice to parents about children and their education. Dr. Macht-Greenberg also works with families on improving educational outcomes for their children in both private and public schools to maximize a child’s success.
 
Family Resource Liaisons

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

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. 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) 983-5850

Email: dforist@mspcc.org

Northern

Carol Casey

Phone: (978) 681-9515

Email: ccasey@mspcc.org

Central

Jessica Hopkins

Phone: (781) 860-2693

Email: jhopkins@mspcc.org

Western

Amneris Figueroa 

Phone: (413) 530-1727 or 
(413) 747-0040

Email: afigueroa@mspcc.org

Southern 

Kim Kelley

Phone: (857) 293-3392

Email: kkelley@mspcc.org

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To learn more about and register for the 2020 Kid's Net Conference, click here.