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 24th and 25th and July 8th and 9th (Saturday/Sundays) 9:30 to 5pm North Andover YMCA

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

Sept 12-Oct 12th (Tuesday and Thursdays) 6-9PM Lawrence Area Office (SPANISH)


Sept 5th- Nov 14th (skipping Oct 31st) Tuesdays 6-9PM Cambridge

Cape Ann (Salem)

July 10th-Sept 11th (Mondays) 6-9PM Cape Ann Area office

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

Oct 17th-Dec 19th (Tuesday) 6-9PM Cape Ann Area Office


Rolling MAPP (Tuesdays) 6-9PM Lowell Area Office


September 20th – Nov 22nd (Wednesdays) 6-9PM Malden Area Office


Sept 19th-Nov 21st (Tuesdays) 6-9PM Framingham Area Office


Sept 19th - November 28th at Lynn Area Office


Sept 7th-Nov 16th (Thursdays) Haverhill/Lawrence/ADLU Location in Lawrence or Haverhill

Sept 20th- Nov 29th (Wednesdays) Location Jordan's Furniture Reading

October 4th- Dec 13th (Wednesdays) Northern Regional Office

Boston Region

Rolling MAPP (Wednesdays) 6-9PM Boston Regional Office

Dimock Area Office

October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4th (Saturdays) Dimock Area Office

Harbor Area Office:

Saturdays:  Sept 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (Spanish/Bilingual) Harbor Area Office

Park Street Area Office:  

July 15th, 22nd, 29th and August 5th and 12th

Hyde Park Area Office: 

September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Hyde Park Area Office  9am-3:30pm

Central Region


Rolling MAPP starting September 6th (Wednesdays) 6-9PM Central Regional Office

North Central 

Rolling MAPP (Wednesdays) 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 25th- June 29th (Monday and Thursdays) 6-9PM Greenfield Area office

October 16th –December 18th (Mondays) 6-9PM Greenfield Area Office


Sept 12th-Oct 12th (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 6-9PM Northern Berkshire Coalition North Adams MA

October 10th-Nov 9th (Tuesdays and Thursdays) 6-9PM Pittsfield DCF Office

Springfield AO

May 31st – Aug 2nd (Wednesday) 6-9PM Springfield Area Office 4th floor


Sept 12th-Nov 21st   (Tuesdays) 6-9PM Central Regional Office Springfield

November 28th – Feb 6th (Tuesdays) 6-9PM Central Regional Office Springfield


Rolling MAPP (Wednesdays) 6-9PM 206 Maple St Holyoke Room 400

Southern Region


August 31-November 2, 2017 (10 consecutive Thursdays) in Taunton

October 3-December 12, 2017  (10 consecutive Tuesdays) in Brockton


Sept 11-Nov 20th (Mondays) Arlington Area Office 6-9PM


Sept 11th- Oct 16th (Monday and Wednesday) 6-9pm Taunton Area Office

October 30th- December 4th (Monday and Wednesday) 6-9pm Taunton Area Office


June 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th& 29th July 5th & 6th 6-9:30PM Plymouth Office

September 6th- October 2nd  (Mondays and Wednesdays) 6-10pm

Fall River: 

June 1st-August 8th (Thursdays) 6-9pm  Fall River Area Office

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


September 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 and October 2, 4, and 11 from 6-9pm. Brockton Area Office

Cape Cod: 

Sept 26Th, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24; Nov 7, 14, 21.  5:00-9:00 pm.

New Bedford

July 11th- September 12th (Tuesdays) 6-9pm New Bedford Area Office

October 10th- December 12th (Tuesdays) 6-9pm New Bedford Area Office


June 21th-Aug 23th (Wednesdays) 6-9PM Coastal Area Office


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