We strive to protect children from abuse and neglect and, in partnership with families and communities, ensure children are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment.All children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education.We work toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth’s children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption.
The Department of Children and Families offers a unique opportunity for community volunteers who would like to make a difference in a foster child’s life. For a few hours of your time each month, you can participate on a panel that helps plan a brighter future for each child in care. DCF is required by law to review each foster child’s case every six months. The review is conducted by a three member panel, with one member being from the local community. A volunteer reviewer can make a difference for a child. We have opportunities in Cambridge at our area office. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and submit to a background check.