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Apply to become a 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

The Details

What you need

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

    How to apply

    Complete the Foster Parent Application.

    Mail the original signed application to:

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

    Contact DCF to ask questions and express your interest at (800) 543-7508.

    Next steps

    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. 




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


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