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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 is offered through the five DCF regional offices (Dorchester, Lawrence, Brockton, Worcester, and Springfield) and through the contracted agencies listed at the right. 

Information Sessions

Bright Futures Adoption Center

Please call 978-263-5400 or email to register

Our one-hour Zoom Information Session will help you answer the question: Is adopting from foster care right for me? You will learn about the children in foster care who are in need of pre-adoptive families, the legal status of the children, and the importance of maintaining safe connections with biological family. We will provide an overview of the process and describe the services offered by Bright Futures Adoption Center.


January 8, 2024 at 6:00-700pm

February 14, 2024 at 6:00-7:00pm

March 13, 2024 at 6:00-7:00pm

April 10, 2024 at 6:00-7:00pm

Spring 2024 MAPP

Bright Futures Adoption Center

Please call 978-263-5400 or email to register

Dates: April 16- June 6

Tuesdays:  April 16 and 30th; May 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursdays:  April 18 and 25th,  June 4 and 6th

Winter 2024 MAPP 

Child & Family Services – Fall River

To pre-register, please call  Matthew Peterson at (508) 333-7550 or email

Tuesday nights from 6-9pm

2/27, 6-9pm

3/5, 6-9pm

3/12, 6-9pm

3/19, 6-9pm

3/26, 6-9pm

4/2, 6-9pm

4/9, 6-9pm

4/16, 6-9pm

4/23, 6-9pm

4/30, 6-9pm

Spring 2024 MAPP Training

Bridges Homeward


Tuesday evenings, from 6-9 p.m.











Call Sarah Medrano-Palmer, Director of Family Services at 857-500-7312 to request an application, or email

Spring 2024 MAPP 

Children's Friend - Worcester

Please contact Veronica Listerud at to register or for any additional questions.

Virtual meetings Thursdays from April 11, 2024 - June 20, 2024. 

April 11

April 18

April 25

May 2

May 9

May 16

May 23

May 30

June 6

June 13

June 20