DCF Mission

Strive to protect children from abuse and neglect and, in partnership with families and communities, ensure children are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.

DCF Vision

All children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education.

Priority Objectives

Work toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption.

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.

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.