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Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF)

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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Address

600 Washington St, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111

Phone

8:45 am - 5:00 p.m., M-F

Auto Attendant 617-748-2400

8:45 am – 5:00 p.m., M-F

Child-at-Risk Hotline 800-792-5200

Open 24 hours to report child abuse and neglect

Fax

617-261-7435
MA Department of Children and Families

Who we serve

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) strives to protect children from abuse and neglect and supports young adults, age 18-22, who are transitioning from DCF custody to independent living. DCF works toward establishing the permanency and well-being of children by providing supports and services to families at home when it is safe to do so. When necessary, DCF provides foster care and, if parental reunification is not possible, finds new permanent families through kinship, guardianship or adoption.

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Gov. Baker Proclaims Nov. 19, 2021 as Adoption Day in Massachusetts 

11/19/2021 Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

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Donna and her family foster teens, giving them a safe place to grow and learn.

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