Child and Family Permanency Services Berkshire Children and Families

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Contact Information

Berkshire Children and Families
Contact: Stephanie Steed, M.Ed., LSW, Director of Permanency Services
Email Address: bcfhadley@berkshirechildren.org
Phone: 413-584-5690 x132
Alternate Phone: 413-584-5690 x100
Fax: 413-586-9436

220 Russell Street, 200 Hadley, MA 01035-5903
Area Served: West

Map Location Child and Family Permanency Services

Narrative

The Permanency program offers choices in adoption which acknowledge the past as part of the adopted child's identity so there is communication between the birth parents, adoptive parents & adopted child.  There is no fee for adoption of children in the custody of the state of Massachusetts. The agency offers a free training session for prospective adoptive parents interested in children in state custody.  The agency also provides infant adoption (via a sliding scale for Pre-Adoptive parents and no fee for birth parents) on an as needed basis, intensive foster care, parenting assessments, supervised visitation, child assessments and homestudies. BCF will also work with the Interstate Compact Office to provide adoption services.

Individuals/couples who want to adopt children either from public welfare system (foster care) or privately are encouraged to contact BCF. Children who need permanent families receive case management and adoption services. Parents who wish to regain custody of their children receive contracted assessments via contracts with the MA Department of Children and Families.

BCF also has an intensive foster care program - Healing Homes.  Some of the children in this program will go on to be adopted.  Foster parents receive a small stipend.

Service Types

  • Case Management
  • Family Support

Program Type

  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Support Groups

Populations Served

  • Depression
  • Mental Illness
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Ages Served

  • Birth to 3
  • 3 - 4
  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22
  • 23 – 59
  • 60 +

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Near Public Transportation
  • Services at Home
  • Services at School
  • Services at Work
  • Wheelchair Ramps

Additional Information

  • Accredited By: The MA Department of Children & Families
  • Fees: Free Service, MassHealth, Personal Funds
  • Licensed By: The MA Department of Early Education and Care