Foster Care/Adoption Services
Communities for People (CFP) is seeking families to open their homes and hearts to children and adolescents in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) or the Department of Youth Services (DYS) and the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). All of the children and youth referred to CFP for adoption or foster care services have experienced some type of abuse or neglect. As a result of these experiences, many face emotional, educational, developmental, or behavioral challenges. CFP also places sibling groups and children and youth with special medical needs. The "best fit" families not only answer to youth’s physical needs for safety and permanency but also appreciate their cultural backgrounds and cultivate their strengths. The Intensive Foster Care program in MA and the Families for Children program in RI provide families, youth, and children with extensive and ongoing support.
All adults who can provide a safe, stable and a loving home are encouraged to apply to become foster or adoptive parents. Individuals or couples, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, may apply. There are no age or income requirements, nor must foster or adoptive parents own their own homes. Communities for People does not charge birth, foster, or adoptive parents for any part of adoptive or foster care services. Foster care and adoption subsidies, including health insurance, are available for children in DCF, DYS and DCYF custody.
All prospective foster and adoptive parents must complete the eight-to-ten session training. In Massachusetts we use the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) course and Rhode Island we use Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP). These trainings are taught by an experienced foster or adoptive parent and a CFP social worker. The training course includes information sessions, group discussions, and role-playing. Following MAPP training, CFP social workers conduct a home study, working with prospective foster and adoptive families to determine the strengths of the home and family. CFP social workers assist families during the placement process and provide ongoing support and guidance. CFP also provides adoption legalization services for adoptive families.
If you are interested in adoption or foster care and want to request more information via email