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.

Contact Us

MA Department of Children and Families

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

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.

Recent news & announcements from Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

News

Foster Care Month 2020 

5/26/2020 Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

Governor Baker proclaimed May as Foster Care Month in Massachusetts.

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Providing a Safe Place While Families Address Their Challenges 

5/04/2020 Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

In celebration of Foster Care Month, the Children’s Bureau selected two Massachusetts foster parents to be featured as part of a national campaign.

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