MAPP Training Events

Participation in the Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) curriculum is required of all prospective foster and adoptive families in Massachusetts. MAPP Training is offered both by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and contracted adoption agencies. MARE does not offer MAPP training. After a prospective family’s application has been submitted to an agency and preliminary screenings are met with approval, families will be invited to attend the ten week training.

The training curriculum prepares adults to adopt a child from foster care who has experienced neglect and abuse. The training covers such topics as communication, building self-esteem, child guidance, understanding behaviors, and working with agencies and courts. The training will also include discussions about the children who are waiting to be adopted and resources and support available to you as an adoptive family.

MAPP Training Organizations

Please note that while MAPP is offered in many locations across the state, pre-adoptive families typically are required to take MAPP trainings hosted by one of the five regional offices (Dorchester, Lawrence, Brockton, Worcester and Springfield)

18 Degrees – Hadley:
Liz Cole at (413) 553-7605 or

Bright Futures Adoption Center/RFK – Acton:
Karen Cheyney at (978) 263-5400 or

Cambridge Family and Children’s Service – Cambridge:
Sarah Medrano-Palmer at (617) 876-4210 or

Child and Family Services – Lawrence:
Melissa O'Meara at (978) 687-5852 or

Child and Family Services – Fall River:
Mathew Petersen at (508) 333-7550 or

Children’s Friend – Worcester:
Sue Uryasz at (508) 796-0158 or

The Home for Little Wanderers – Dorchester:
Alisha Patrick at (617) 835-8141 or

Available Statewide (11 events)


Virtual DCF MAPP Trainings

Virtual, Massachusetts

Fall River Child & Family Services MAPP Training

Tuesday September 14th, 2021 to Thursday April 21st, 2022
Fall River, Massachusetts

WESTERN ADLU MAPP Training - (Joint Group with Berkshire Area Office)

Saturday January 22nd, 2022 to Saturday March 26th, 2022
Western Regional Office 140 High Street, 4th floor
Springfield, Massachusetts 01105

NORTHERN ADLU MAPP Training - (Joint session with Haverhill)

Wednesday January 26th, 2022 to Tuesday April 12th, 2022
Regional Office 280 Merrimack Street
Lawrence, Massachusetts 01843

Boston Regional ADLU MAPP Training

Saturday March 12th, 2022 to Saturday April 30th, 2022
Boston Regional Office 1785 Columbus Avenue, 5th Floor
Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119

Children's Friend, Inc MAPP Training

Thursday March 24th, 2022
505 Pleasant Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

Bright Futures Adoption Center’s Spring MAPP Training

Thursday April 7th, 2022 to Thursday May 19th, 2022

Virutal, Massachusetts

The Home for Little Wanderers MAPP Training

Thursday May 26th, 2022 to Thursday June 23rd, 2022


MAPP Training

Thursday May 26th, 2022 to Thursday June 30th, 2022
Virtual Zoom accessibility required
, Massachusetts 02135

Bright Futures Adoption Center’s Summer MAPP Training

Tuesday June 28th, 2022 to Tuesday August 16th, 2022

Virtual, Massachusetts

Bright Futures Adoption Center’s Fall MAPP Training

Thursday October 20th, 2022 to Tuesday November 15th, 2022

Virtual, Massachusetts