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Residential Services

CFCS manages two group homes for young adults age 16 to 21 years old, all of whom are referred by Massachusetts’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) or Department of Mental Health (DMH). Each youth who transitions from the residential setting will have the opportunity to receive Stepping Out or Follow Along Services, with DCF or DMH approval. All 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. Families will be supported and encouraged to participate in program activities and life events of their child.

  • Group Homes at CFCS are for older adolescents and young adults, ages 16 - 21. At our Group Homes, we help our residents gain life skills including household and money management, conflict resolution, personal health care, emotional coping skills, relationship building and the use of community services. Teens Learning Choices (TLC) in Malden can serve up to eight young women and Putnam Place in Dorchester can serve up to eight young men.

  • Follow Along Services: When a youth is ready to move out of our group home, we can provide services where our staff follow along with them to their new environment. We provide one-on-one and family meetings to support the youth and their new support systems until they are familiar and comfortable in their new community. This approach provides the most continuity in care and allows the youth to have one less loss in their life.

  • Stepping Out:  When a youth is ready to move out of our Independent Living program, we can provide services where our staff assist them as they step out into the world. CFCS provides one-on-one meetings to support the youth and their new support systems until they are familiar and comfortable in their new community.  This approach also provides the most continuity in care and allows the youth to have one less loss in their life. 

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