Foster Care Conference

This conference is being held by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

in partnership with the Massachusetts Alliance for Families (MAFF).

Fostering Resilience: How ACEs Impact Youth in Foster Care

Friday, October 19th | Holiday Inn | 265 Lakeside Avenue Marlborough, MA 01752


Registration for this event is closed. We appreciate the great amount of interest and look forward to seeing registered attendees!


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact



Doors Open


Opening Remarks by Cheryl Haddad, President of MAFF and Commissioner Linda Spears, Department of Children and Families


Keynote Address by Dr. Heather Forkey

All the Fright We Cannot See: Recognizing and Responding to Trauma in Children and Youth


Commissioner Spears


Lunch served


Workshops begins


Conference ends

What are ACEs? 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a term that describes many types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that can happen to children. These experiences can greatly impact the the long-term health and social outcomes for an individual. 

Children entering foster care experience the trauma of separation from their biological home, community, or school, and studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 children in foster care have been exposed to some form of violence. 

Adverse experiences can affect children’s physical health, emotions, thinking, and behavior — and recognizing and responding to trauma in children in foster care is vital to ensuring children heal, grow, and thrive. 

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