Cambridge Family & Children’s Services (CFCS) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to offer the following specialized services:
- Adoption Services – recruiting, training and preparing individuals and couples to parent children in DCF foster care waiting for adoption; and assessing, matching and placing children referred by DCF into permanent adoptive homes—children who are likely to be older, children of color or to be waiting to be placed with a sibling.
- Developmental Disabilities Services – providing respite and other flexible family support services to families caring for a child or adult with disabilities, as well as intensive skill training, behavioral consultation and advocacy for the families of school age children with multiple special needs and who are at risk of being placed in residential care outside the home.
- Intensive Foster Care – providing time-limited therapeutic foster care for children coming from hospitalization or residential treatment to support their successful transition to their permanent plan—return to their birth family, guardianship, kinship care, adoption or a less formal but equally committed connection to an adult who will help the foster youth prepare to move into responsible, independent and self-sufficient young adulthood.
- Residential Services – offering transitional housing in group homes as well as supervised apartments, and educational advocacy and career preparation for older adolescents moving on to independent living after many years in DCF care.
- Volunteer Mentoring Programs – recruiting, training and pairing volunteer mentors with recently homeless families, pregnant and parenting teens, foster children and at-risk school-age children and their families for guidance and support.
- Family Support and Stabilization – offering a variety of short-term, intensive, in-home services and supports aimed at providing wrap-around planning and support for children returning from, or at risk of, referral to DCF’ out-of-home placements, as well as families of young children with a first-time report to DCF for alleged abuse or neglect.
December 2012 Update – New Mentoring Program for Youth with Family Member with Mental Illness
We are also seeking volunteer mentors for a new pilot program, Heads Up – connecting youth (ages 8-22) and mentors who share the experience of having a family member with a mental illness. Through supportive and lasting relationships, mentors help youth process their emotions, learn about mental health, and build self-confidence. We are the only mentoring program in the Cambridge area specifically serving this group of young people.
If interested in Heads Up, please contact Yelena Tsilker at email@example.com or 617-876-4210.