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DCF Mission

Strive to protect children from abuse and neglect and, in partnership with families and communities, ensure children are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.

DCF Vision

All children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education.

Priority Objectives

Work toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption.

Priority Population

DCF supports children ages 0 - 18 and 18 - 21 previously involved with DCF. 85% of all children receiving DCF services remain in their home.

Programs and Services

Adolescent Services
Adoption/Guardianship
Domestic Violence
Foster Care
Housing Stabilization
Family Support & Stabilization
Out of Home Placements

Organizational Structure

DCF has 4 regional offices and 29 area offices across the Commonwealth. There is one central office located in Boston that provides support to the field offices.

Department of Children and Families