Apply to become a DCF foster parent

Foster parents give children a temporary place for healing and an extended family to lean on until they can return to their own home. Learn how you can open your heart and home to a child in need.

DCF Foster Care/Adoptive Recruitment

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What you need for Apply to become a DCF foster parent

You must meet standard eligibility requirements to be considered as a Department of Children & Families foster parent. 

Are you just starting to explore the idea of becoming a foster parent? Click here to introduce yourself, and a team member from the Department of Children and Families will contact you.

    How to apply Apply to become a DCF foster parent

    You can complete your foster/adoptive parent application online.

    If you have questions and would like to be contacted by the DCF Foster/Adoptive Parent Recruitment Unit, you can fill out a request to be contacted. 

    Watch a short video on how to fill out the foster parent application.

    If you are unable to complete the online process you may print the foster/adoptive parent application and mail it to:

    DCF Recruitment Unit
    600 Washington St., 6th Floor
    Boston, MA 02111


    You can contact the DCF Foster Care/Adoptive Recruitment Unit at (800) 543-7508.

    Next steps for Apply to become a DCF foster parent

    1. Pass a safety check.

      DCF will visit your home for a physical standards check for room and safety and conduct a background check on everyone in your home.

      • Attend the Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) training.

        Eligible foster parents will be registered for 30 hours of training. There are several training opportunities offered across the state.

      • A social worker works with you to complete a License Study.

        A social worker will visit your home and interview you and the household members, as well as check personal references.

      • DCF approves your home placement.

        Congratulations, you are ready to foster! DCF will work to find the most suitable match between your family and a foster child. 

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      Contact for Apply to become a DCF foster parent

      DCF Foster Care/Adoptive Recruitment
      600 Washington St., 6th Floor, Boston , MA 02111

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