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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. 

DCF MAPP Trainings


Visit the MAPP Training page on for more information, dates, times, and locations:

Please reach out to the contacts listed for each training for more information.

Child and Family MAPP Training


Contact person: Val Perry:


Tuesdays 6p - 9p Virtual


Starting March 21st and running through May 23rd

Bridges Homeward Winter MAPP Training


Spring 2023 MAPP Training Currently Enrolling!

Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 1: April 25, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 2: May 2, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 3: May 9, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 4: May 16, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 5: May 23, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 6: May 30, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 7: June 6, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 8: June 13, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 9: June 20, 6-9 p.m.
  • Session 10: June 27, 6-9 p.m.

MAPP training consists of 10, 3-hour modules. Participants are required to attend 9 of the 10 modules. Both members of a couple must attend training together.

Participants are enrolled in MAPP training after they have completed an application and the pre-screening process, which includes background record checks and a home safety check.

Get in Touch Today!

(617)-876-4210 or


Children's Friend Summer MAPP Training


Thursday evenings, 6-10 p.m.

  • Session 1: May 25
  • Session 2: June 1
  • Session 3: June 8
  • Session 4: June 15
  • Session 5: June 22
  • Session 6: June 29
  • Session 7: July 6
  • Session 8:July 13
  • Session 9: July 20
  • Session 10: July 27

If interested, please contact Veronica Listerud at