Intensive Foster Care
Intensive Foster Care (IFC) is a specialized program for youth who cannot reside with their families at this time as the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) has determined that they require out-of-home placement. The age of these youth ranges from infants to 22 years old. They are determined to need more support from their foster family because they were born addicted or exposed to substances, have experienced abuse and/or neglect, have complex medical needs or are demonstrating emotional or behavioral challenges.
The Intensive Foster Care program trains and supports foster parents to provide a safe, loving and therapeutic home to help youth heal from their difficult experiences.
There is a need for foster parents who can care for youth of all ages with a variety of needs and families are carefully matched with youth with whom they feel they can provide maximum support. Youth referred to the IFC program are infants, sibling groups, school-age youth, teenagers and young adults, pregnant and parenting teens and refugees.
CFCS is constantly recruiting new families to serve the youth in foster care. In order to qualify for eligibility, CFCS foster parents:
Are age 25 or older
Have physical space for a child
Have stable housing and finances
Are physically and emotionally able to care for a child with challenging behaviors
Are available to meet with the child’s CFCS social worker weekly in your home during business hours
Are able to be a supportive member of the child’s team, including advocating for a child’s needs, attending school meetings and attending quarterly treatment meetings
Complete a thorough background check including review of criminal history, DCF history and fingerprinting
To foster a child with CFCS, you DO NOT need to:
Be married or in a relationship
Own a home
Live by yourself/without roommates
If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, email our Family Services department at email@example.com or call us at 617-876-4210.
WHY foster with CFCS?
Below are some descriptions from families we work with of what it’s like to foster with us.
Click here to read more about our foster families’ experiences.