Mission Statement

The Department of Children and Families is charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect and strengthening families. There are currently more than 7,000 children in foster care across Massachusetts and more than 40,000 children in all served by the Department.

Core Agency Mandate

The agency's core mandate is to strengthen families, where child abuse or neglect has occurred.

Priority Population

DCF supports children ages 0 - 18 and 18 - 21 previously involved with DCF. 85% of all children receiving DCF services remain in their home.

Priority Objectives

Safely stabilizing and preserving families; safely reunifying families; and safely creating new families (through kinship, guardianship and adoption).

Programs and Services

  • Adolescent Services
  • Adoption/Guardianship
  • Domestic Violence
  • Foster Care
  • Housing Stabilization
  • Family Support & Stabilization
  • Out of Home Placements

Organizational Structure

DCF has 4 regional offices and 29 area offices across the Commonwealth. There is one central office located in Boston that provides support to the field offices.


This information is provided by the Department of Children and Families.