Discharge Support Program
The Discharge Support Program provides financial and Outreach support to youth ages 18-21 who are discharging from DCF to independent living. Youth may be eligible for funding to assist with first and last months' rent, security deposit, and initial utilities charges. Youth may call (617) 748-2421 or (617) 748-2232 to find out more about this program.
Adolescent Outreach Workers provide intensive, individualized skills assessment and training to youth ages 14-21 in out-of-home placement. Adolescents gain information about healthy relationships, permanency planning, and are supported in developing a positive self-image. For referral to the Adolescent Outreach Program, please contact your social worker.
Teen Living Program
The Teen Living Program offers support and guidance to pregnant teens and teen parents who are dealing with pregnancy and parenting issues, while allowing the teen families to remain intact. A collaboration between the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Transitional Assistance, this initiative provides pregnant and parenting teens a safe and caring environment in which to develop the skills necessary to make healthy choices for themselves and their children, and to lead independent and productive lives.
For more information regarding the Teen Living Program, visit the Department of Transitional Assistance at www.mass.gov/dta or call the Department of Children and Families at (617) 748-2400.
Youth Advisory Board
The DCF Youth Advisory Board is comprised of youth in out-of-home placement who voice ideas, concerns and recommendations to DCF regarding services, policy and practice. Recent accomplishments of the Board have been:
- Passage of legislative funding for higher education for foster youth.
- Advocacy for improved exchange of interagency information between educational and custodial human service agencies.
- Review and revision of the DCF policy for youth turning 18 in state custody.
The Youth Advisory Boards meet monthly in five different regions. Representatives from regional boards meet quarterly in Boston with the DCF Commissioner and other members of the DCF. If you are solution oriented and enjoy serving in a leadership role, promoting change, and sharing ideas, the Youth Advisory Board may be right for you. Call the Teen Peer Line at 1-800-238-7868 for the next scheduled meeting in your area!
This information is provided by the Department of Children and Families.