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:
Veronica Listerud at (508) 753-5425 or

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

Available Statewide (8 events)


Virtual DCF MAPP Trainings

Virtual, Massachusetts

Haverhill Area Office (Joint Session with ADLU) MAPP Training

Tuesday September 14th, 2021 to Tuesday November 16th, 2021
Haverhill Area Office 3 Ferry Street
Bradford, Massachusetts 01835

SOUTHERN ADLU (Regional Adoption Unit) MAPP Training

Tuesday September 14th, 2021 to Tuesday November 9th, 2021
Southern Regional Office 110 Mulberry Street
Brockton, Massachusetts 02302

Fall River Child & Family Services MAPP Training

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

Fall 2021 MAPP Training - The Home for Little Wanderers

Thursday September 16th, 2021 to Thursday October 7th, 2021

Virtual, Massachusetts

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

Saturday September 18th, 2021 to Saturday November 20th, 2021
Western Regional Office 140 High Street, 4th floor
Springfield, Massachusetts 01105

Bright Futures Adoption Center Fall MAPP Training

Tuesday October 19th, 2021 to Thursday December 9th, 2021

Virtual, Massachusetts

Bright Futures Adoption Center Winter MAPP Training

Tuesday January 11th, 2022 to Thursday March 3rd, 2022

Virtual, Massachusetts