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

DCF-Statewide:

Ascentria Care Alliance – Worcester:
Christine Coelho (774) 243-3072 or ccoelho@ascentria.org

Berkshire Child and Family Services – Hadley:
Linda-Jeanne Mack at 413-584-5690 or lmack@berkshirechildren.org

Bright Futures Adoption Center/RFK – Acton:
Karen Cheyney at (978) 263-5400 or kcheyney@rfkchildren.org

Cambridge Family and Children’s Service – Cambridge:
Sarah Medrano-Palmer at (617) 876-4210 or smedrano-palmer@helpfamilies.org

Child and Family Services – Lawrence:
Melissa O'Meara at 978-687-5852 or momeara@cfservices.org

Child and Family Services – Fall River:
Kerry Mello at (774)-488-5072 or kerrymello@cfservices.org

Children’s Friend – Worcester:
Veronica Listerud at (508) 753-5425 or vlisterud@childrensfriend.org

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)- Jamaica Plain:
Sybil Turk, at (617)-587-1519 or sturk@mspcc.org

The Home for Little Wanderers – Dorchester:
Karin Gemeinhardt at (617) 264-5368 or kgemeinhardt@thehome.org

The following is a list of upcoming MAPP Trainings.

Western (1 event)

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DCF Training in Springfield

Rolling MAPP held on Tuesdays, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Western Regional Office 4th Floor 140 High Street
Springfield, Massachusetts

Boston (2 events)

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MSPCC Training in Jamaica Plain

Tuesdays, 6:00PM-9:00PM
MSPCC/Eliot CHS 3815 Washington St. Suite 2
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

The Home for Little Wanderers Training in Dorchester

Saturday September 21st, 2019 9:00AM - 4:00PM
50 Redfield Street Suite 306
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122

Central (1 event)

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DCF Training in Worcester

Rolling MAPP held on Saturdays, 9:30AM-12:30PM or 9:30AM-3:30PM and/or Wednesdays 6:00PM-9:00PM
13 Sudbury St
Worcester, Massachusetts

Northern (1 event)

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DCF Training in Lawrence

Monday January 28th, 2019 to Monday April 8th, 2019
280 Merrimack Street
Lawrence, Massachusetts

Southern (3 events)

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Child and Family Services Training in Fall River

Saturday September 14th, 2019 to Sunday September 29th, 2019 09:00am - 05:00pm
66 Troy St
Fall River, Massachusetts 02720

Child and Family Services Training in Fall River

Saturday November 2nd, 2019 09:00am - 05:00pm
66 Troy St
Fall River, Massachusetts 02720

Child and Family Services Training in Fall River

Saturday January 11th, 2020 09:00am - 05:00pm
66 Troy St
Fall River, Massachusetts 02720