There is probably no more important factor in a foster child’s life than the love and care of foster parents dedicated to the health and well-being of their foster child. In Massachusetts, the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) is responsible for screening, training, and licensing foster parents, and arranging for placement of children with foster parents. Learn more about becoming a foster parent.
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 Kid’s Net Program provides support and respite for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other kin raising children. In the Greater Boston area, MSPCC’s KINnections program 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, 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 continuing training, education and support for adoptive parents.