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:
Michele Drislane at (774)-488-5001 or

Children’s Friend – Worcester:
Veronica Listerud at (508) 753-5425 or

The Home for Little Wanderers – Dorchester:
Karin Gemeinhardt at (617) 264-5368 or

Available Statewide (4 events)


Virtual DCF MAPP Trainings

Virtual, Massachusetts

Bright Futures Adoption Center Spring 2021 MAPP Training

Tuesday March 23rd, 2021 to Thursday May 13th, 2021 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Virtual, Massachusetts

Bright Futures Adoption Center Virtual Training

January: 5, 7, 12, 19, 26 February: 2,9, 16, 23, 25 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Virtual, Massachusetts

Bright Futures Adoption Center Summer 2021 MAPP Training

Tuesday June 15th, 2021 to Thursday August 5th, 2021 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Virtual, Massachusetts