Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF)

Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Notice of Proposed Amendment of Regulations 

    600 Washington Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02111
    Friday, October 20, 2017 3 p.m. -
    Friday, November 10, 2017 11:55 p.m.
    Friday, October 20, 2017 3 p.m. - Friday, November 10, 2017 11:55 p.m.
    The Department of Children and Families proposes to amend its Case Closing regulations, 110 CMR 9.00 et. seq., under the authority of G.L. c. 18B §§ 3 and 7 and G.L. c. 119 §37 and pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, §3.

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