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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.



Please note that while MAPP is offered in many locations across the state, pre-adoptive families are typically required to take MAPP trainings hosted by one of the five regional offices (Dorchester, Lawrence, Brockton, Worcester and Springfield). 

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.

Bridges Homeward Winter MAPP Training


MAPP Training - Winter 2023 

Session 1: Tuesday January 10, 6-9 p.m. 

Session 2: Tuesday January 24, 6-9 p.m. 

Session 3: Tuesday January 31, 6-9 p.m. 

Session 4: Tuesday February 7, 6-9 p.m. 

Session 5: Tuesday February 14, 6-9 p.m. 

Session 6: Tuesday February 28, 6-9 p.m. 

Session 7: Tuesday March 7, 6-9 p.m. 

Session 8: Tuesday March 14, 6-9 p.m. 

Session 9: Tuesday March 21, 6-9 p.m. 

Session 10:  Tuesday, March 28, 6-9 p.m.

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

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

Get in Touch Today! 

(617)-876-4210 or 

Children's Friend MAPP Training


10 Consecutive Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm

  • 1/26
  • 2/2
  • 2/9
  • 2/16
  • 2/23
  • 3/2
  • 3/9
  • 3/16
  • 3/23
  • 3/30

Please contact for registration.