Letter to Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families

Dear Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families,

Thank you for beginning your path to foster or adopt children involved with Massachusetts’ Department of Children and Families.

As you may already know, when children have experienced abuse or neglect and must be separated from their parents or other relatives, they are placed in the temporary and safe care of foster parents.  DCF trains foster parents so they have the skills needed to nurture children who have experienced trauma and to work in partnership with birth families.  Our training program, the Massachusetts Approaches to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP), provides these enhanced parenting skills that will help you meet the challenge of foster parenting.

The document that follows provides an overview of MAPP sessions that will be offered throughout the Commonwealth.  Registration in the course is required and is subject to eligibility processes.  To register and learn more about eligibility requirements, please speak with your social worker or the contact provided for each course.

You’ll notice that there are separate MAPP trainings offered for individuals seeking to adopt.  The curriculum for prospective foster and adoptive parents is consistent but the separate sessions allow opportunities to specifically discuss each type of care.

Your social worker or staff from the DCF recruitment line, 1-800-KIDS 508, are available to answer any questions you may have.

Northern Region

March: 2017

Cape Ann 

Date: 3/1/2017, 6PM-9PM (Wednesday)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Fredia Torrence: (978) 825-3853

Lawrence 

Date: 3/18/2017, 9:30AM-4:30PM (Saturdays)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Sharon Deacon: (978) 557-2568

April: 2017

Lawrence 

Date: 4/5/2017, 6PM-9PM (Tuesdays/Thursdays)

Language / Type: Spanish / Foster

Contact: Sharon Deacon: (978) 557-2568

Framingham

Date: 4/11/2017 6PM-9PM

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Sheila Fitzgerald: (508) 424-0415

Haverhill

Date: 4/6/2017 6-9PM (Thursdays)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Jill Overko: 978 469-8878

Boston Region

Boston

Date: Rolling MAPP*, 6PM-9PM (Wednesdays)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact:

Howard Barsook/Dim.: (617) 989-2874
Georgina Neate/Hyde P: (617) 363-5084
Corinna Chan/ Park St.: (617) 822-4759
John Davis/Harbor: (617) 660-3594
Marsha Donavan/ADLU: (617) 989-9209

*NOTE: MAPP schedules in Boston allow for continuous enrollment, please discuss options with your social worker or the contacts listed on this page.

Central Region

April: 2017

Worcester

Children’s Friend in Worcester
21 Cedar Street
Worcester MA 01609

Date: 4/27/17, 6PM-9PM (Thursdays)

Language / Type: English / Adoption

Contact: Sue Uryasz 508 753-5425, suryasz@childrensfriend.org

Western Region

March: 2017

Van Wart

Date: 3/14/2017, 6PM-9PM (*Tentative; Tues. and Thurs.)

Language / Type: Spanish / Foster

Contact: Tamara Gofman: (413) 205-0511, Luz Estrada: (413) 205-0528

Springfield

Date: 3/2017, 6PM-9PM (Wednesday)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Marianne Fratamico: (413) 452-3426, Katie Fialho: (413) 452-3291

April: 2017

Greenfield

Date: 4/2017 6PM-9PM (Thursdays)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Brian Shelasky: (413) 775-5032, Euphemia Molina: (413) 775-5058

May: 2017

Pittsfield

Date: 5/2/2017, 6PM-9PM (Tuesday and Thursdays)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Jonathan Lothrop: (413) 236-1826

June: 2017

Van Wart

Date: 6/2017, 6PM-9PM (Nights TBD)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Tamara Gofman: (413) 205-0511, Luz Estrada: (413) 205-0528

Southern Region

March: 2017

Cape and Islands

Date: 3/4 , 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 3/28, 3/29/2017 (Saturdays 9AM-4PM, Tues/Thurs 6-9PM)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Maria Turner: (508) 760-0219, Susan Dinatale: (508) 760-0322

Arlington

Date: 3/9/2017, 6PM-9PM

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Elizabeth D’Sarno:(781) 641-8512

*Location TBD

New Bedford

Date: 3/2017 6PM-9PM (Occurs twice weekly)

Language / Type: Spanish / Foster

Contact: Jim Tremblay: (508) 910-1102, Barbara Owen: (508) 910-1124

Brockton

Date: 3/21/2017 *6PM-9PM OR 6:30PM-9:30PM

Language / Type: English / Adoption

Contact: Lynn Shephard: (508) 894-3745, Mary Ward: (508) 894-3963

*Time and location depends on applicants.

Coastal

Date: 3/14/2017 6PM-9PM (Includes Saturdays 4/1 and 4/7 from 9AM-4PM)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Kathy Shea: (781) 794-4416

Plymouth

Date: 3/6/2017 6-9PM (Mondays)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Kathy Wagner: (508) 732-6244, Erin Foley : (508) 732-6232

April: 2017

Fall River

Date: 4/2017 6PM-9PM (Weekly)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Jack Sylvia: (508) 235-9838, Rich Mello: (508) 235-9829

May: 2017

New Bedford

Date: 5/23/2017 6PM-9PM (Twice weekly)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Jim Tremblay: (508) 910-1102, Barbara Owen: (508) 910-1124

June: 2017

Fall River

Date: 4/2017 6PM-9PM (Weekly)

Language / Type: English / Foster

Contact: Jack Sylvia: (508) 235-9838, Rich Mello: (508) 235-9829

 


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