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Adolescent Support Progams

DCF offers a variety a adolescent support programs for youth in the Department's care and custody.

Discharge support program.

The Discharge Support Program provides financial and Outreach support to youth ages 18-21 who are discharging from DCF to independent living. Youth may be eligible for funding to assist with first and last months' rent, security deposit, and initial utilities charges. Youth may call (617) 748-2421 or (617) 748-2232 to find out more about this program.

Outreach program.

Adolescent Outreach Workers provide intensive, individualized skills assessment and training to youth ages 14-21 in out-of-home placement. Adolescents gain information about healthy relationships, permanency planning, and are supported in developing a positive self-image. For referral to the Adolescent Outreach Program, please contact your social worker.

The Teen Living and Young Parent Support programs.

The Teen Parenting Program (TPP)

  • The TPP provides structured residential living to pregnant and parenting teens between the ages of 13-20 while allowing the teen parent families to remain intact. A collaboration between the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Transitional Assistance, the TPP provide young families a safe and caring environment in which to develop the skills necessary to make healthy choices for themselves and their children, and to lead independent and productive lives. For more information regarding the Teen Parenting Program, call Kellie Hurley at 508-929-2183 or Kelly Paquet at 617-748-2228.

The Young Parent Support Program (YPS)

  • The YPS is a community based service that meets the various needs of pregnant and parenting young adults and their children. The YPS Program is an open-referral program and serves young parent families up to age 23. It is the intent of the DCF that YPS Services assist young parents in obtaining the necessary skills and knowledge to be competent parents, live independently, lead productive lives, and ensure the healthy growth and development of their children.

Services are available to mothers and fathers and may include, but are not limited to outreach, case management, transportation, independent living skills training, parenting skills training, domestic violence education and counseling, substance abuse counseling, and child development education. For more information regarding the YPS Program call Kellie Hurley at 508-929-2183 or Paula Callahan at 617-748-2305.

Preparing adolescents for young adulthood (PAYA).

Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood is a five module program that focuses on independent living skills. These life skill modules are available for youth in DCF care/custody, and in out-of-home placement. Groups are offered seasonally at area offices, or completed at a foster home, or group home/residential with a case worker. For more information on PAYA, please contact your DCF social worker and/or your DCF adolescent outreach worker.