Welcome to the Foster Care Resource & Support Hub

Supporting you in your role as a foster or adoptive parent.

Information & Resources

Information and resources to support you in your foster/adoptive parent role, all organized and at your fingertips.

Hub Partners

The Resource & Support Hub has over a dozen local participating program partners, available to personally orient and support you. Browse our list and connect.

Family Support Navigator

If you need any help navigating the hub, Caitlin, the Hub’s Family Support Navigator, is just a click away.

Drop-In Info Sessions

Caitlin, our Family Support Navigator and expert on all things Hub-related, has regular drop in hours to support families in need. She also hosts monthly virtual Open Houses to show you the Hub in action. Read more.

We'd love your feedback

During 2023, we will be updating and upgrading the Hub based on your feedback. If there’s something you’d like to see that isn’t available, or you have suggestions for improvement, please let us know.

Information & Resources

We've categorized the resources and information as carefully as possible to give you easy access to what you need.

Can't find what you're looking for?

Don't be shy about getting in touch with your Family Support Navigator, Caitlin. She's just an email or phone call away!

Interacting with DCF

  • Your role as a foster parent
  • Family Resource Policy (2023)
  • Contacting DCF
  • Chain of command; what to do when you don’t feel heard
  • Other available supports


  • Stipend information and payment calendar
  • Mileage & Reimbursement
  • PACT & WIC
  • Taxes

Childcare & Respite

  • Daycare support
  • Occasional babysitting
  • Respite options
  • Informal Childcare Program

Behavioral Health

  • Short-term consultation program from A Home Within
  • Children's Behavioral Health Initiative
  • Accessing mental health services in MA

Family Support

  • Available Hub partners to support your family
  • Other support opportunities in MA
  • Resources for children with special needs


  • Medical Social Workers
  • Understanding Masshealth coverage


  • Who's who in the court and legal system
  • Court timelines and processes
  • Resources from the Committee for Public Counsel Services


  • Foster parents' role in education
  • Special education and foster care
  • Hub Educational Specialist


  • Hub Partner - Adoption Journeys
  • Post-adoption subsidy & supports available
  • Birth certificates, taxes, and social security cards

Youth Enrichment & Empowerment

  • Local Programs
  • Grants available
  • Wonderfund card

Birth Families

  • Family Time Visits
  • Navigating relationships with birth families
  • Sibling contact

Other Issues

  • Adoption V. Guardianship
  • 51-A filings and responses
  • Fair Hearings
  • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

Hub Partners

The fifteen Hub program partners are featured below. Each has an introductory video or description about their services and a contact person who can assist you in accessing related supports.

If your service or organization is interested in being a Hub partner, let us know.