Massachusetts Organizations

AFC Mentoring brings together adult mentors and youth in foster care, icluding youth who are living in forster care or who have been adopted. Mentors receive intense ongoing training and commit to a mentor relationship for at least one year.  For more information contact AFC Mentoring at (617) 224-1300 or

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state child welfare and protection agency. The Department is dedicated to the safety, permanency and well being of children who have been abused and neglected in family settings, or by recognized caretakers. In delivering services to children and families, the Department seeks first to ensure the safety of children. Please click here to review the Department of Children and Families' Standards for Agency Foster/Pre-Adoptive Parents and the Agreement Between the Department of Children and Families and Foster/Pre-Adoptive Parents.

Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) outlines the process that states have follow to ensure consistent protection and services to children who are placed across state lines. The Massachusetts ICPC office is housed at the Department of Children and Families Central Office. They can be reached at:

Department of Children and Families
Attention: Interstate Compact Unit
24 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210
Local: 617.748.2000
Toll Free: 1.800.548.4802

National Organizations

Adopt America Network (AAN) works to find permanent, loving, adoptive homes for waiting children throughout the U.S. AAN’s goal is that no child shall have to wait for adoption regardless of his/her circumstances. Adopt America Network matches only children with special needs, and their network includes field representatives throughout the country.

The Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) connects representatives of state, regional and national adoption exchanges, placement agencies, parents, child welfare professionals and concerned citizens across the United States. The AEA provides a forum that promotes the exchange of ideas and strategies, collaboration on issues of mutual interest, and increased effectiveness in utilizing resources to provide waiting children permanent homes. The Adoption Exchange Association also administers the AdoptUSKids Initiative, which includes a national on-line photolisting of waiting children, parent support groups, a national recruitment campaign, and training and technical assistance.

The American Adoption Congress (AAC) is an international network of individuals and organizations committed to truth in adoption and to reform that protects all of those involved from abuse or exploitation. Membership is open to adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, professionals and all others who share a commitment to the AAC's goals.

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the oldest and largest national nonprofit organization developing and promoting policies and programs to protect America’s children and strengthen American families. CWLA’s 1,000 plus public and private nonprofit member agencies serve 3 million abused and neglected children and their families each year.

The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids is a project of The Children’s Bureau, part of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. In October 2002, The Children’s Bureau contracted with The Adoption Exchange Association and its partners (The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids) to devise and implement a national adoptive family recruitment and retention strategy, operate the website, encourage and enhance adoptive family support organizations and conduct a variety of adoption research projects.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption serves as an active voice for the more than 150,000 children in North America's public child welfare system who are waiting for permanent homes and loving families. The Foundation has simplified its vision into one statement, "Every child will have a permanent home and a loving family." By funding various national initiatives that directly impact waiting children and expanding the public’s awareness of adoption, the Foundation is focused on making a difference in the lives of waiting children.

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute founded in 1996, is a national not-for-profit organization devoted to improving adoption policy and practice. Their mission is to improve the quality of information about adoption, enhance the understanding and perception of adoption and advance adoption policy and practice. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute pursues this mission with a concern for all participants in adoption: birth families, adoptive parents, adopted persons and adoption professionals.

The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption assists states, tribes and other federally funded child welfare agencies in building their capacity to ensure the safety, well being and permanency of abused and neglected children through adoption and post legal adoption services program planning, policy development and practice. The Center provides technical assistance, consultation, training, information and referral, and resource materials to assist states and tribes in improving their adoption and adoption support and preservation services.

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) was founded in 1974 by adoptive parents and is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them. Since its inception, NACAC's mission has remained essentially unchanged: Every child has the right to a permanent family. The Council advocates the right of every child to a permanent, continuous, nurturing and culturally sensitive family.

Voice for Adoption (VFA) speaks out to insure permanent, nurturing families for our nation's most vulnerable children and to strengthen support for families who adopt. Voice for Adoption is a national coalition that has been established to actively encourage and advocate for national policies that address barriers to the adoption of waiting children and increase the understanding among the public, the media, and decision-makers of the needs of these children and the families who adopt. They can be reached at 703-430-7600 or by e-mail.




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