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


Ascentria Care Alliance – Worcester:
Christine Coelho (774) 243-3072 or

18 Degrees – Hadley:
Kaisa Clark at 413-584-5690 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

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

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

The following is a list of upcoming MAPP Trainings.

Western (1 event)


DCF Training in Springfield

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

Central (2 events)


DCF Training in Worcester

Rolling MAPP held on Wednesdays 6:00PM-9:00PM
13 Sudbury St
Worcester, Massachusetts

MAPP Training

Thursday May 7th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
505 Pleasant Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

Northern (1 event)


CFCS Training in Cambridge

Saturday May 2nd, 2020 10:00am - 4:00pm
60 Gore St.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141

Boston (1 event)


Home for Little Wanderers Training in Dorchester

Saturday April 25th, 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm
50 Redfield Street Suite 306
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122

Available Statewide (2 events)


MAPP Training

Thursday January 30th, 2020 to Thursday April 9th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
505 Pleasant Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609

Bright Futures Training in Acton

Tuesday April 7th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
36 Knox Trail, Suite 206
Acton, Massachusetts 01720