Patient Resources
Foster Parenting
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please reach out to us by phone or during your next visit!
 
DCF Foster Parent Application
 
Here is some preliminary information from the Department of Children and Families (DCF).  DCF is the state agency responsible for protecting children and ensuring that the are safe and well cared for. DCF assesses families' strengths and needs, and works to obtain appropriate services and resources for those needs. DCF is committed to supporting children and strenghtening families. 
 
What are the requirements to be a Foster Parent?
 
  • In Massachusetts, you need to be at least 18 years of age.
  • You may be single, married, partnered, divorced, or widowed.
  • You may have up to six children residing in your home at home at any given time. This includes birth children, adopted children, relatives' children, and/or day care children. Within the total of six children in the home, you may have a maximum of four foster children residing in your home at any given time.
  • You may either rent or own your own home. The living and sleeping quarters must be large enough to provide adequate space, privacy, and safety for all household members as well as comply with other state regulations.
  • You can be at home or work outside the home.
  • DCF will complete a background record check as part of the licensing process. This background record check includes fingerprinting the applicant caretakers.
  • You must complete the pre-service training required for the type of licensing your home receives.
  • You will work with a Family Resource Social Worker to complete a comprehensive License Study of your family.