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Foster Care

The Home's Intensive Foster Care (IFC) program is committed to providing loving and stable homes to children currently in the care of the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) who are residing in hospitals, residential programs, temporary foster care homes, or with their birth parents who are unable to care for them. These children, aged between birth and 18 years, represent a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds and are faced with challenges that include emotional, behavioral, developmental, and/or medical. Some are teenage moms who need support and guidance with their parenting skills.

The primary goal of the program is to prevent institutionalization and to shorten the hospital or residential placement stays of children and teens with special needs.

The Intensive Foster Care Program offers
the following services:

  • Statewide Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP)
  • Professional in-house training
  • Flexible training options
  • Paid vacation/respite (10 days per year)
  • 24-hour clinical staff support services
  • Crisis intervention and disruption prevention
  • Monthly support group
  • Life enrichment seminars
  • Family reunification work
  • Referral bonus
  • Educational advocacy for youth in placement
  • Coordination of clinical/medical/recreational referrals

Our program has an excellent reputation among Massachusetts' child welfare providers for its competent and highly skilled clinical workers, commitment to foster parents and dedication to the children we serve.

The Home supports foster care by gay and lesbian families.

For questions please contact:
Lucy Collins
lcollins@thehome.org  
508-364-8045

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