Our six programs operate in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, the Department of Developmental Services and with each other to ensure the children and families we serve receive the highest quality of support and care. We are proud to be able to offer a continuum of services whenever possible, so our clients receive support that is both holistic and effective. We serve over 1,500 people across Massachusetts every year.
We provide adoption planning and case management services for children and teens in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). We typically work with those children who face the greatest challenges to adoption: older children and teens, sibling groups and children with medical, developmental, emotional and/or behavioral special needs. We offer services to families who hope to adopt these children, providing training and home studies, guiding families through the matching and placement process and offering post-placement family support. Finally, we provide consultation services to DCF.
For people with developmental disabilities, completing daily tasks can sometimes require enormous effort. The parents, siblings or family members of individuals with developmental disabilities work tirelessly to keep their loved ones at home. These families are the experts in their situation, but sometimes need additional information and support. In collaboration with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), CFCS provides individualized support services designed to meet the changing needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.
Intensive Foster Care (IFC) provides transitional, therapeutic foster care for children referred by the Department of Children and Families. The IFC team of foster parents and social workers provides specialized, round-the-clock care, support and guidance for the children placed in the program. Through this collaborative team effort we support the child’s successful transition into a permanent placement - reunification with their birth family, guardianship, kinship care, adoption or independent living.
The Family Services Program recruits, trains and assesses families and individuals interested in providing
Intensive Foster Care and pre-adoptive care to children in the custody of DCF.
The Family Support and Stabilization program (FSS) is designed to help prevent out-of-home placement by the Department of Children and Families. CFCS provides a range of highly focused, in-home services designed to help resolve conflicts and promote a safe, stable home life. Our staff works closely with parents and children to find creative solutions to their conflicts through negotiation, as well as referrals to community resources and specialized support groups.
CFCS manages two group homes and an Independent Living program to youth ages 16 to 21, all of whom are referred to us by DCF or the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH). Each youth who transitions from the residential setting will also have the opportunity to receive advocacy and support services, with DCF or DMH approval. Our residential programs are fully staffed by trained direct-care providers who offer counseling and support for the teens while teaching pre-independent living and independent living skills. Through weekly group skill-building sessions, young people increase their self-reliance, develop greater self-esteem and ultimately become better prepared for success with school, work and relationships.