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


June 24, 25 and July 8, 9, Saturday/Sundays 9:30 to 5PM, Location TBD

October 14, 21, 28 and November 4, Saturdays 9:30-5:00PM, Lawrence Area Office

September 12 – October 12, Tuesday and Thursdays 6-9PM, Lawrence Area Office (SPANISH)


July 2017, Dates/Location TBD

September 2017, Dates/Location TBD

Cape Ann (Salem)

July 10 – Sept 11, Monday evenings 6-9PM, Cape Ann Area office

Sept 12 – Oct 12,  2 nights a week 6-9PM, Cape Ann Area Office

October 17 – Dec 19, Tuesday evenings 6-9PM, Cape Ann Area Office


Rolling MAPP, Tuesdays 6-9PM, Lowell Area Office


September 20, Wednesdays 6-9PM, Malden Area Office


Sept 19 – Nov 21, Tuesdays 6-9PM, Framingham Area Office


May 30 – Aug 1, Tuesdays 6-9PM, Lynn Area Office

Aug 8 – Oct 10, Tuesdays 6-9PM, Lynn Area Office

Oct 17 – Dec 19, Tuesdays 6-9PM, Lynn Area Office


Sept 7 – Nov 16, Thursdays, Haverhill/Lawrence/ADLU Location in Lawrence or Haverhill

Sept 20 – Nov 29, Wednesdays, Location Jordan's Furniture Reading

October 4 – Dec 13, Wednesdays, Northern Regional Office

Boston Region

Rolling MAPP, Wednesdays 6-9PM, Boston Regional Office

Dimock Area Office

October 14, 21, 28, November 4 and 11, Saturdays, Dimock Area Office

Central Region


Rolling MAPP starting September 6, Wednesdays 6-9PM, Central Regional office

North Central 

Rolling MAPP, Wednesday 6-9 PM, North Central Area Office

South Central 

Rolling MAPP, Thursdays 6-9PM, South Central Area Office

Worcester West and East

Rolling MAPP, Tuesdays 6-9 pm, Worcester East Office

Western Region

Greenfield AO

May 25 – June 29, Monday and Thursdays 6-9PM, Greenfield Area office

October 16 – December 18, Monday evenings 6-9PM, Greenfield Area Office


Sept 12 – Oct 12, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9PM, Northern Berkshire Coalition North Adams MA

October 10 – Nov 9, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9PM, Pittsfield DCF Office

Springfield AO

May 31 – Aug 2, Wednesday 6-9PM, Springfield Area Office 4th floor


Sept 12 – Nov 21, Tuesdays 6-9PM, Central Regional Office Springfield

November 28 – Feb 6, Tuesdays 6-9PM, Central Regional Office Springfield


Rolling MAPP

Saturday MAPP group in Fall, (dates/location) TBD

Spanish MAPP group Fall, (dates/location) TBD

Southern Region


August – October Trainings, 2 sessions, (dates/locations) TBD

September – November, (dates and locations) TBD


September 2017, Starting Rolling MAPP, (dates/time/location) TBD


September 11 – October 16, Monday and Wednesday 6-9pm, Taunton Area Office

October 30 – December 4, Monday and Wednesday 6-9pm, Taunton Area Office


September 6 – October 2nd  Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-10pm, Taunton Area Office

Fall River

June 1 – August 8, Thursdays 6-9pm, Fall River Area Office

September 7th – November 9th  Thursdays 6-9pm  Fall River Area Office


September 13 – November 15, Wednesdays 6-9pm, Brockton Area Office

Cape Cod

September 26, October 3, 10, 17 and 24, 5:30-9pm Tuesdays, Cape Cod Area Office

November Expedited weekend 11/3, 11/4, 11/5, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9-5pm, Cape Cod Area office

New Bedford

July 11 – September 12, Tuesdays 6-9pm, New Bedford Area Office

October 10 – December 12,  Tuesdays 6-9pm, New Bedford Area Office


June 21 – Aug 23, Wednesdays 6-9PM, Coastal Area Office


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