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 (6 events)


Virtual DCF MAPP Trainings

Virtual, Massachusetts

The Home for Little Wanderers Fall MAPP Training

VIRTUAL & 10 Guest St., 3rd floor
Brighton, Massachusetts 02135

Bright Futures Adoption Center’s Summer MAPP Training

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

Virtual, Massachusetts

Virtual MAPP Training

Thursday September 15th, 2022 to Thursday November 17th, 2022 6:00pm - 9:00pm
505 Pleasant Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

Bridges Homeward Fall MAPP Training

Saturday October 1st, 2022 to Saturday November 19th, 2022

Virtual, Massachusetts

Bright Futures Adoption Center’s Fall MAPP Training

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

Virtual, Massachusetts