Massachusetts Health and Human Services

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4 North Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM
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Children are sometimes temporarily placed in foster care because their parents aren’t able to give them the care that they need. The Department of Children & Families (DCF) first tries to place children with relatives. When that’s not possible, they enter foster care. There are all kinds of foster parents. You can be single or married, own a home or rent one. There’s a need for foster parents across Massachusetts, from all diverse backgrounds.Foster parents give children a safe, nurturing and stable place for healing and an extended family to lean on until they can return to their own home. Learn how you can open your heart and home to a child in need.By understanding the adoption process in the Massachusetts Court System, you'll have the tools you need to bring a new member into your family.

Adoptions are very complicated and, of course, very important. The information here is to help you understand the process of adopting a child and what it entails. It’s strongly recommended that you hire a lawyer to help you through the process.


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Your local DCF or foster agency offers various services for foster children and families. Parents have access to training and educational resources as well as support groups.

Foster children also have health insurance covered. The DCF provides foster families with a stipend to cover care needs like food and board. The state also offers a clothing allowance every three months that helps to reimburse parents.

A case worker visits resources families every other month or as needed, and children in foster care are also assigned a social worker. These resources are invaluable points of contact for foster parents.

Local support organizations provide further support, such as resources and helplines. Foster families in Massachusetts also form groups to assist one another, share stories, and give advice. It's an excellent opportunity to create new connections and learn more as a parent.


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Lisa Largey
Aug 04, 2017

Very hard to reach

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Christian Teubner
May 18, 2017

They don't answer the phone and good luck trying to get them to call you back!

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