Adoption Services & Parent Training Child & Family Services

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Contact Information

Child & Family Services
Contact: Kali Martin, Family Resource and Adoption Social Worker
Email Address:
Phone: 978-687-5852

439 South Union Street Lawrence, MA 01843
Area Served: Northeast

Map Location Adoption Services & Parent Training


Adoption Journeys - Adoption Journeys in Massachusetts is a statewide Post Adoption support program of Child & Family Services. We are funded and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families. Our staff includes licensed social workers, counselors, child welfare and human services workers, and adoptive parents. Adoption Journeys is based on an understanding not only of the joys and challenges adoptive families face but also of the strengths and resources families have to cope with these challenges. Adoption Journeys is designed to support adoptive families in exploring and understanding their strengths, resources, and needs.

Adoption Services - Older Children and Special Needs Adoption
This program provides services for children in the custody of the Department of Social Services who have the goal of adoption. These children are often older, members of a sibling group or of a particular ethnic group. They may have special needs to include physical, emotional and/or medical difficulties. The program assesses the children’s needs and identifies the type of family best suited to meet their needs. The adoption staff members also recruit, train and provide ongoing support to pre-adoptive families. Home study and MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training is provided free of charge to families interested in providing a permanent home for waiting children.

MAPP Training - MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training is an eight week course in which both a trained social worker and an adoptive/foster parent work with families to teach them about the needs of children in the foster care system and how best to parent children with these specific needs. The course delves into behavioral and emotional needs, legal issues with adopting them from foster care and other important topics.

Service Types

  • Case Management

Program Type

  • Adoption/Foster Care

Populations Served

  • All Disabilities

Ages Served

  • Birth to 3
  • 3 - 4
  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service, Personal Funds