There are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. At CHD, our foster care programs find loving homes for kids here in Western Massachusetts. Many have special needs, all need the support that a stable family can provide.
Connecting Kids With Caring Families
Foster care programs provide a critical safety net for children who’ve been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families.
In Massachusetts, there are more than 2,800 children currently in foster care. Unfortunately, there are more kids waiting for homes than there are homes available.
Today, CHD maintains 80 active foster care homes in the Western Massachusetts region.
Every day, we receive referrals for children who are transitioning out of group housing, being discharged from a hospital, or who are new to the foster care system.
Our caseworkers, home finders, and volunteers work tirelessly to find suitable homes, train foster parents, and provide 24/7 support to ensure that every child in our foster care program is receiving the care and attention they need.
CHD offers a variety of foster care assistance, including:
- Short- and long-term overnight care
- Emergency placement
- 90-day diagnostic programs
- Home-finding services
Intensive Foster Care (IFC) is for children with special medical needs. With ongoing support from our nursing staff and caseworkers, IFC foster parents participate in therapeutic treatment plans designed especially for their foster child.
TLC Medical Residence Program provides foster care to 10 children with exceptional medical needs. Our clinicians work with foster families who receive extensive training to meet the needs of these children.
We educate foster parents on a range of topics, including discipline, bullying, eating disorders, and suicide prevention. Families are fully supported as they help children cope with issues of trauma and abandonment. Kids may also receive counseling to help with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
While foster care inevitably comes with challenges, we never forget that foster kids are no different than other kids. They want to make friends, have fun, and just be kids. We throw holiday parties, meet for monthly activities, take field trips, and make time to simply enjoy life.
CHD foster homes throughout Western Massachusetts give children a second chance. Many leave foster care with the skills and confidence to live a full and productive life.