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Apply to become a foster parent

Foster parents give children a temporary 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.


DCF Foster Care\Adoptive Recruitment

The Details

What you need

You must meet the following requirements to be considered as a DCF foster parent

  • Be a Massachusetts resident 18 years of age or older
  • Rent or own a home that meets DCF’s home safety standards
  • Have a stable source of income
  • Pass a background record check

How to apply

Complete the  Foster Parent Application   Should be online inquiry form\initial eligibility, not the application.

Send complete Inquiry to DCF Central Office, attention Recruitment Unit

Contact DCF to ask questions and express your interest at:

(800) KIDS-508 or (800) 543-7508

Click here for a listing of DCF foster care informational sessions.  (not area office)




Next steps

  1. Pass a safety check.

    DCF will visit your home for a physical standards check for room and safety, and conduct a background check on everyone in your home.

  2. Attend the Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) training.

    Eligible foster parents will be registered for 30 hours of training. There are several training opportunities offered across the state.

  3. A social worker works with you to complete a License Study.

    A social worker will visit your home and interview you and the household members, as well as check personal references.

  4. DCF approves your home placement.

    Congratulations, you are ready to foster! DCF will work to find the most suitable match between your family and a foster child. 



DCF Foster Care\Adoptive Recruitment
600 Washington St., 6th Floor, Boston , MA 02111


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