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Mission Statement

DCF Mission 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. DCF Vision 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. Priority Objectives 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.


Please Note: This volunteer opportunity is not limited to Boston, as these reviews take place across the Commonwealth in all DCF Area Offices.

There are over 8,000 children who are in the care and/or custody of DCF. We are seeking volunteers to help us in making decisions about their futures. The Volunteer Case Review Program offers a unique opportunity for community members to work alongside DCF to make a difference in the lives of children and families. Volunteers of the Case Review Program participate as members of a three-member case review panel which determines whether:

  • Continued placement of a child in DCF care and/or custody is safe, necessary and appropriate.
  • The tasks in the service plan have been completed.
  • Progress has been made towards the determined goal.
  • The projected date for the permanent goal to be achieved is appropriate.


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