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.

There is support for all foster and adoptive parents. If you become a foster or adoptive parent, a DCF Family Resource Worker can arrange for one of these classes.


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