MAPP Training

"What is MAPP training?" is the question that many people ask when they learn that they need this 30 hour course to foster or adopt a child from the Department of Children and Families (Formerly the Department of Social Services).

MAPP (Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) is adapted from a program developed at the Child Welfare Institute and has been redesigned by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in 2001.

Typically, the instructors are experienced social workers along with an experienced foster or adoptive parent. This course must be started before the homestudy begins and it covers the information necessary to make an informed decision about adopting a waiting child from DCF.

The course is divided into sessions and covers the following topics:

      • An overview of the caregiving process
      • Permanency planning for children in state care
      • The concept of mutual assessment
      • A child's transition into foster placement
      • The seven core issues of adoption
      • The effects of maltreatment on development
      • Attachment
      • Trauma
      • Behavioral support
      • Health and safety issues
      • Culture, connections and identity

Registration for MAPP Training for Adoption

The training is 30 hours and is required by the Department of Children and Families. Families who successfully complete MAPP training can then move on to have a home study assessment, which can only be used for the adoption of DCF "Waiting Children." In order to complete MAPP Training, families must complete our pre-screen process which includes a pre-screening form, home visit, and short interview.

Upcoming Training Series

Late Fall

Six classes held twice a week on Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:30pm  on 11/13, 11/17, 11/27, 12/1, 12/4, and 12/8. Please complete the pre-screening form and return it to Leah Bowness if you are interested in becoming an adoptive family or Nicole Schick if you are interested in Foster Care.

Leah Bowness, LCSW | Adoption Social Worker| 617-620-6916|

Nicole Schick, MSW| Intensive Foster Care Worker| 857-337-8203|


Six classes held twice a week on Thursdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm on 1/31, 2/2, 2/7, 2/9, 2/14, and 2/16. Please RSVP by completing the pre-screening form and returning it to Lucy Collins at


50 Redfield Street, Suite 306
Dorchester, MA 02122

Participants need to attend all sessions in succession (if you are part of a couple, you both need to attend). Pre-screening and background check required prior to being enrolled.


For more information

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The Home for Little Wanderers
50 Redfield Street, Suite 306
Dorchester, MA 02122