What’s the difference between adopting through Cambridge Family & Children's Service versus the Department of Children and Families?
Cambridge Family & Children's Service (CFCS) is a private, not-for-profit community-based agency that receives referrals and funding from Massachusetts’ public child welfare agency, known as the Department of Children and Families. Because CFCS is under contract with DCF, our agency must adhere to the same regulations and policies as DCF. The process of adopting through foster care is the same, regardless of which agency you choose to work with. The application process, MAPP Training, homestudy requirements, and pool of children available for adoption are the same. Neither DCF nor CFCS charges any fees at any point in the adoption process.
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.