Family Services

CFCS believes that every child should be raised in a loving family. When possible, a child will be reunited with his or her birth parents, but when a reunion is not in the best interest of the child's welfare, our goal is to find a new family that will provide the child with a stable, supportive, and loving environment.

Our Intensive Foster Care program finds temporary families and our Adoption program finds permanent families for children ages 0 to 18 in the custody of the state of Massachusetts.

In each case, CFCS provides training, conducts foster care and adoption homestudies and offers supportive services in your home throughout the time that families are involved with our programs. Social workers in the Family Services Program provide ongoing support and guidance during the matching process and post-placement of a child or sibling group. Our staff help families navigate the often-complex relationships children have with birth family and other important
adults in their lives. They also provide specialized training and support to families in a range of areas that often impact
children and youth involved in the foster care system, including trauma, grief and attachment.

We encourage anyone interested in providing an adoptive or foster home for a child or teen in foster care to apply. We work with single adults as well as with married or partnered couples. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and nonbinary individuals are welcome at CFCS, as are families of any racial, ethnic or religious background. Both renters and homeowners are eligible to adopt and foster, and we do not have a minimum income requirement (families are required to have a stable source of income that will adequately provide for a child). There are no fees to adopt a child from foster care. US citizens and immigrants with proper documentation are eligible to adopt and foster.

To foster or adopt a child with CFCS, you DO NOT need to:

  • Be married or in a relationship

  • Own a home

  • Live by yourself/without roommates

  • Be debt-free

For more information on becoming an adoptive or foster parent, contact us at or call us at 617-876-4210.

Do you have a question specific to adoption? Contact Family Resource Social Worker Grace Steele at 617-876-4210 x4062.

Do you have a question specific to foster care? Contact Family Resource Social Worker Nicole Purcell at 617-876-4210 x4061.