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.
Learn more about Adoption Journeys »

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.
Learn more about Older Children and Special Needs Adoption »

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.

Merrimack Valley normally runs the MAPP course on Mondays from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. There is usually one eight-week session offered at a time. Interested families should call and ask to speak to a Family Resource worker for information on availability and scheduling.

Once MAPP training is complete, a social worker will help the family to write a home study. A home study is an extensive document detailing the family’s composition, background, strengths and child interest characteristics. This document will help other social workers match children with families that would best meet their needs.

In order to learn more about adopting children from foster care, please call and ask to speak to one of our social workers. You may also fill out a Family Resource Application to initiate the process or place yourself on a waitlist for the next upcoming MAPP training.

dividerlineTraining Schedule

Note: Attendance at each class listed below is required for successful completion of MAPP Training.


Child & Family Services, Inc.
439 South Union Street, Box D4
Lawrence, MA 01843

To register, contact:
Kali Martin
Family Resource and Adoption Social Worker
Tel: (978) 687-5852 x237
Fax: (978) 687-5857


Contact Information

Child & Family Services | Merrimack Valley
439 South Union Street, Suite 203B
Lawrence, MA 01843
Tel: (978) 687-5852
Fax: (978) 687-5857