Family Support and Stabilization

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Family Support and Stabilization supports programs and services which help families stay together. Child safety is the Department of Children and Families's (DCF) primary mission, but the department strives to keep families intact if possible.

Most of the Commonwealth’s vulnerable children live at home with their families. About 80 percent of the children involved with DCF are at home. Some of the most important services DCF provides for these kids are the ones that help support families while they are going through a difficult time. These services are essential to helping kids stay at home and help families work on their own unique challenges, while supporting stability for kids.

These services can include:

  • Support to improve safety in the home
  • Supervision and supports for parents and children to help improve family dynamics and create positive relationships
  • Clinical assessments for kids
  • Evaluations and diagnostic services for kids including physical, behavioral and mental health screenings
  • Support for short-term temporary out-of-home placements for kids at risk of being removed from home
  • Support for reunification

Adequate supports for vulnerable children while they are living with their families is particularly important. These supports increase child stability at home and at school, and they can help prevent further crises that could lead to children getting involved in the juvenile justice system.

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