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Department of Children and Families

600 Washington St, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111
(617) 748-2000
8:45 am - 5:00 p.m., M-F

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) works in partnership with families and communities to keep children safe from abuse and neglect. In most cases, DCF is able to provide supports and services to keep children safe with parents or family members. When necessary, DCF provides foster care or finds new permanent families for children through kinship, guardianship or adoption.

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Department of Housing and Community Development

100 Cambridge St, Suite 300, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 573-1100

The Department of Housing and Community Development, through its community and business partners, provides affordable housing options, financial assistance, and other support to Massachusetts communities.

Department of Education

75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906
(781) 338-3000

The Department's work includes licensing educators, distributing state and federal education money, helping districts implement learning standards, overseeing statewide standardized tests, monitoring schools and districts, and convening districts and individuals to share best practices. In addition, we collect data to inform state and local decisions. If you're interested in education, we invite you to join us in this work.

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Department of Transitional Assistance

261 Whites Path, Unit 1 South Yarmouth, MA 02664
(800) 308-1321

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in nine residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.

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Department of Early Education and Care

The Department of Early Education and Care's mission is to support the healthy growth and development of all children by providing high quality programs and resources for families and communities.

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Elder Affairs

One Ashburton Place, 5 floor, Boston, MA 02108

Executive Office of Elder Affairs: Promotes independence, empowerment, and well-being of older people, individuals with disabilities, and their families. We ensure access to the resources you need to live healthy in every community in the Commonwealth.

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Family Resource Centers

Massachusetts Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are a statewide network of community-based providers offering multi-cultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18 years of age. A Family Resource Center is located in each of the 14 Massachusetts counties to provide easy access to information and assistance related to health care, safety, employment training, education and peer support. In each of our communities, our goal is to support families to strengthen their bonds, connect to others, and engage in their community. Our core values are: RESPECT, TRUST, SAFETY, WELLNESS, CARING, CONNECTIVITY, and EDUCATION.

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Grandparents Commission

600 Washington St. Boston, MA. 02111

The Commission’s primary purpose is to serve as a resource to the Commonwealth on issues affecting grandparents and all relatives raising grandchildren. Our interactive website is devoted to fostering education, networking, research, programs and support to grandparents and all relatives raising grandchildren.

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In Massachusetts, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are combined into one program called MassHealth. MassHealth members may be able to get doctors visits, prescription drugs, hospital stays, and many other important services.

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Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

3815 Washington Street, Suite 2 Boston, MA 02130

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a private, non-profit society dedicated to leadership in protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children and families.

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Probate and Family Court

The Probate and Family Court Department handles matters involving families and children, like divorce, child support, and wills.

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WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify.

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