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Report child abuse or neglect 

Learn what to do if you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

Child Abuse and Neglect 

If you know or suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, please report it immediately. Anyone can file a report of abuse or neglect.

Volunteering and Giving 

Explore volunteer and giving opportunities at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

Foster Care 

Foster care provides a safe, loving home for children until they can be reunited with their families.

Adopting from DCF 

Adoption provides a permanent, supportive home for a child.

Adolescent Services 

DCF is committed to providing adolescent services that encourage positive youth development and empowerment.

DCF policies 

The Department of Children and Families maintains this site to provide greater access to our policies and regulations.

Questions about a DCF case 

The Office of the Ombudsman is available to answer questions about your DCF case, DCF policy and practices, and respond to concerns you may have.

Department of Children & Families Public Records 

DCF has a designated RAO who will receive and respond to your public records requests.

Working at DCF 

The Department of Children and Families seeks dedicated child welfare professionals

Baby Safe Haven 


For DCF provider agencies 

DCF allows contacted provider agencies to access and enter data into its information technology system, i-FamilyNet.