Foster Care and Adoption Services


Communities For People (CFP) is seeking families to open their homes and hearts to children and adolescents in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families. All of the children and youth referred to CFP for adoption or foster care services have been subjected to abuse or neglect. As a result of these experiences, many face emotional, educational, developmental, or behavioral challenges. CFP also places sibling groups and children and youth with special medical needs.

All adults who can provide a safe, stable, and loving home are encouraged to apply to become foster or adoptive parents. Individuals or couples, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation, may apply. There are no age or income requirements, nor must foster or adoptive parents own their own homes. Communities For People, Inc. does not charge birth, foster,or adoptive parents for any part of adoptive or foster care services. Foster care and adoption subsidies, including health insurance, are available for children in DCF and DCYF custody.

All prospective foster and adoptive parents must complete the eight-to-ten session Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) course, taught by an experienced foster or adoptive parent and a CFP social worker. The training course includes information sessions, group discussions, and role-playing. Following MAPP training, CFP social workers conduct a home study, working with prospective foster and adoptive families to determine the strengths of the home and family. CFP social workers assist families during the placement process and provide ongoing support and guidance. CFP also provides adoption legalization services for adoptive families. Additional information about CFP's adoption and foster care programs can be found in our biannual newsletter, Family Ties.This newsletter supports the families and friends of adopted and foster children and youth who have special needs. It keeps the parents and friends of these children and youth aware of relevant services, news, and events.
If you are interested in adoption or foster care and want to request more information via email, click here.

A Child is Waiting !

CFP is currently looking for dedicated foster parents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you can provide a safe and loving home, a foster child may be waiting just for you. You don't have to own your home, be married, or have previous experience fostering children. CFP provides its foster parents with specialized training and ongoing support. Work as part of a treatment team while providing a parent's love. You can make a difference in a child or adolescent's life! CFP offers competitive compensation and a strong support network of clinicians and fellow foster parents. Ideal for stay-at-home parents and parents with "empty nests" who miss raising children.

For more information about CFP's foster care in Massachusetts, please call Jay Turillo, Clinical Director of the Intensive Foster Care/Adoption Program, at 617.628.0451. For more information about CFP's foster care in Rhode Island, please call Emily Pike, Families For Children Program Director, at 401.273.7103


Intensive Foster Care/ Adoption Program

The Intensive Foster Care (IFC)/ Adoption Program places children and youth referred to CFP by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) in safe permanent or long-term transitional homes. CFP clinicians conduct a comprehensive assessment of each child, youth, and family in the program in order to determine the most appropriate placement. CFP's Intensive Foster Care (IFC)/Adoption Program staff members strive to recruit and train families to meet the needs of each child and youth referred to the program. The "best fit" families not only answer to youths' physical needs of safety and permanency but also appreciate their cultural backgrounds and cultivate their strengths. The IFC/Adoption Program provides families, youth, and children with extensive and ongoing support.

For more information, please call Jay Turillo, Clinical Director of the Intensive Foster Care/Adoption Program, at 617.628.0451.

MAPP Trainings Scheduled in MA for the Summer of 2009:

To Be Announced

Location of Trainings:
Communities for People, Inc.
Twin City Office Building
22 McGrath O'Brien Highway, Suite 202
Somerville, MA 02143

Free parking is available.

Rhode Island

The Families For Children Program

The Families For Children Program is an adoption and foster care service that places high-risk children who have experienced multiple disruptions in their lives in safe, stable, and loving homes. The program's staff provides a full range of case management services including individual and family casework, group work with children and families, and community organization. The Families For Children staff conducts a comprehensive assessment of the strengths and requirements of each potential home and child. Staff members work with families and children to prepare them for their new lives together. The program provides financial, clinical, and on-call crisis support. Families For Children also offers quarterly pre-service training for prospective foster and adoptive parents. The nine-week course is held at CFP's Providence office and is free of charge. There is no obligation to proceed with the adoption or foster care process beyond the course.

For more information please call Emily Pike, MSW, LCSW, Director of Families For Children Program, at 401.273.7103.

MAPP Trainings Scheduled in RI for Summer of 2009:

To Be Announced

The course will run for approximately eight to ten weeks.

For information, contact Nanette Thayer at 401.273.7103, ext. 119

Location of trainings:
Communities for People, Inc.
623 Atwells Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02909

Ample parking available