DCF Non-Discrimination Notice

Review the DCF non-discrimination notice and how to file a complaint

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, age, national origin, religion, creed, ancestry, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, or political affiliation, in admission or access to, or the operation of its policies, programs, services, or activities, or in hiring or employment practices.

To request additional information about this notice, or to file a complaint under Title VI or other nondiscrimination laws, please contact the DCF Office of the Ombudsman at the link below.

Additionally, you can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights:
• Electronically through the Office of Civil Rights Complaint Portal;
• By mail at
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, DC 20201; or
• By phone at (800) 368-1019, (800) 537-7697 (TDD)

Complaint forms are available at the link below.

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) and amended, (42 U.S.C., Section 2000d et. seq. and 42 U.S.C., Section 2000e et. seq.); the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 (MEPA), as amended (45 U.S.C., Section 5115a et. seq.); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972 (20 U.S.C., Section 1681); The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C., Section 6101 et. seq.); Massachusetts Executive Order 592; and certain federal block grant statutes or any other provision through which the Department receives federal financial participation in its programs. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or political affiliation or belief in federally assisted and state funded activities. The US Department of Health and Human Services' regulations under Title VI, Section 504, Title IX and the Age Discrimination Act are found at 45 C.F.R., Parts 80, 84, 86, and 91, respectively. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is further subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (42 USC., Section 12101,et. seq.) and its implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R., Part 35, and the Genetic Information Non Discrimination Act (USC., Section 2000-1).

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