Our MISSION is to provide high quality support and advocacy for children, adults, and families to develop and nurture safe, permanent relationships and maximize individual growth.
Cambridge Family and Children’s Service (CFCS) is one of the oldest human services agencies in Greater Boston. Founded in 1873 as the Avon Home, an orphanage for local children, CFCS has a long and distinguished history of serving children, youth, and families in the Cambridge area and the Greater Boston area.
Today CFCS programs include foster and group care, adoption, developmental disabilities, and family support, serving more than 1,500 individuals annually in over 100 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.
Click HERE to see a historical video about CFCS and how we got our start!
Open Your Home To A Child
The need for loving, nurturing caretakers is greater than ever. CFCS recruits and supports new families who can provide transitional and/or permanent care for children who have been referred to the state foster care system. Learn more.
Lend A Hand
Become a CFCS volunteer! We are a small nonprofit with a broad constituency, and we depend on help from volunteers who provide their time or expertise to help with facilities, events and our holiday gift drive. Find out more.
Share Your Story
Serving the community for over 140 years, CFCS has an ever-expanding archive of inspiring stories from our youth, families, staff, donors, and volunteers. We want to hear from you: how did CFCS touch your life? Tell us here.