Skip to the main content.

mapp training


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. 

Winter 2023 MAPP Training

Bridges Homeward


Get in Touch Today!

(617)-876-4210 or

Monday evenings, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Session 1: October 2, 2023

Session 2: October 16, 2023

Session 3: October 23, 2023

Session 4: October 30, 2023

Session 5: November 6, 2023

Session 6: November 13, 2023

Session 7: November 20, 2023

Session 8: November 27, 2023

Session 9: December 4, 2023

Session 10: December 11, 2023


This training will be conducted virtually. Access to Zoom and an internet connection are required.

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.