Child Welfare Programs

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“You can tell a society’s morality by what it does for its children.”

These wise words were spoken by Theodore Geisel, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, and better known as the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.  At CHD, the well-being of children is one of the cornerstones of our mission, and serving the needs of children continues to be a primary focus. Children are indeed our future and we must do everything we can to nurture them and help them succeed.

CHD’s child welfare programs include:

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Hampden County

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hampden Countytrains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. Volunteers are matched with local children who need advocates to represent their best interests before local Juvenile Court.  Learn more

Caring Together Group Homes

CHD runs two group homes for adolescents who may have a history of trauma, abuse, or neglect.  Young people referred to this program are given the opportunity to grow educationally, emotionally, socially and physically through a variety of services various services offered. The goal is to prepare these adolescents for successful, independent living.  Learn more

Family Support and Stabilization

Families in crisis often need intensive assistance and immediate interventopm. CHD’s Family Support and Stabilization serves families on an outreach basis, utilizing skilled, long-term caseworkers, trained mediators, and a 24-hour on-call support system to provide families with the skills and education to establish healthy and functional relationships and remain intact.  Learn more

Foster Care

CHD Foster Care’s programs provide therapeutic services and supports for children who are in the process of placement into foster care.
 We offer a variety of placement situations, including both short-term and long-term overnight care, emergency placements, a 90-day diagnostic program, and placement for children with medical needs. Special attention is given to children with issues around trauma, abuse, depression and disruptive behavior.  Learn more

Independent Living Program

CHD’s Independent Living Program is a voluntary, supervised program serving young adults between the ages of 17-22 years referred by DCF. The program helps place young people into their own apartments throughout the Greater Springfield area, and offers guidance to help these young adults successfully transition to independence and self-sufficiency.  Learn more

Safety Zone Street Outreach

CHD’s Safety Zone was created specifically to serve young people who are homeless. The program provides 24-hour short-term shelter for young people who have left home or are homeless. The aim is to reduce the problems homeless and runaway youth face by providing outreach counseling, crisis intervention, temporary shelter and after care services.  Learn more

MaryAnne’s Kids Fund

Many children in foster care miss out on some of the joys of childhood, simply because the State’s budget for foster care is so limited.  MaryAnne’s Kids Fund was established to provide opportunities for children in foster care that would otherwise be unavailable to them. The fund provides financial support that allows children to pursue special interests in music, dance, art, sports, summer camps and extra-curricular education.  Learn more