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.