- Adoption agencies are licensed placement agencies place children for adoption and offer adoption related services. Adoption in Massachusetts is only allowed through a licensed placement agency. Under an agreement with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, EEC licenses adoption agencies.
- Foster care agencies are licensed placement agencies responsible for recruitment and approval of foster parents/homes to care for children in need of alternative placement. Under an agreement with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, EEC licenses foster care placement in Massachusetts.
- A person, corporation, partnership, agency or department of the Commonwealth needs a residential license when they wish to provide care for one or more children (when the child is not related to them by blood, marriage or adoption) on a 24 hour a day basis.
- Residential care is a broad term which encompasses a variety of services in a regular, 24 hour a day residential facility including group homes, secure detention and treatment facilities, temporary shelters and more.
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