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:
Eryne Cotter (774) 243-3072 or ecotter@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.

Central Region: Children's Friend Inc Training in Worcester

Thursday March 21st, 2019 to Thursday May 23rd, 2019 6:00PM - 9:00PM
505 Pleasant Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 1609

Boston Region: DCF Training in Boston

Wednesday October 31st, 2018 to Wednesday January 16th, 2019 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Boston, Massachusetts

Western Region: DCF Training in Springfield

Tuesday November 27th, 2018 to Tuesday January 15th, 2019 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Western Regional Office 4th Floor 140 High Street
Springfield, Massachusetts

Southern Region: Child and Family Services Training in Fall River

Saturday January 12th, 2019 to Sunday January 27th, 2019 9:00AM - 5:00PM
66 Troy Street
Fall River, Massachusetts 02720

Western Region: Berkshire Children and Families Training in Hadley

Friday February 1st, 2019 to Friday March 1st, 2019 TBD - TBD
220 Russell Street Suite 200
Hadley, Massachusetts 01035

Central Region: Children's Friend Training in Worcester

Thursday November 29th, 2018 to Thursday February 7th, 2019 6:00PM - 9:00PM
21 Cedar Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 1609

Boston Region: The Home for Little Wanderers Training in Dorchester

Thursday January 31st, 2019 to Saturday February 16th, 2019 9AM to 5PM - 6PM to 9PM
50 Redfield St. Suite 300
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122

Boston Region: MSPCC Training in Malden

Saturday January 5th, 2019 to Saturday February 2nd, 2019 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Eliot CHS 730 Eastern Avenue
Malden, Massachusetts 02148

Boston Region: Family and Children Services in Cambridge

Saturday March 2nd, 2019 to Saturday March 30th, 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM
60 Gore St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141

Boston Region: MSPCC Training in Jamaica Plain

Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 to Tuesday February 12th, 2019 6:00PM - 9:00PM
MSPCC/Eliot CHS 3815 Washington St. Suite 2
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

Boston Region: The Home for Little Wanderers Training in Dorchester

Saturday April 13th, 2019 to Saturday May 18th, 2019 9:00AM - 4:00PM
50 Redfield Street Suite 306
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122

Boston Region: The Home for Little Wanderers Training in Dorchester

Saturday September 21st, 2019 to Saturday October 19th, 2019 9:00AM - 4:00PM
50 Redfield Street Suite 306
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122