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Budget Summary FY2016

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Department of Children and Families
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015

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The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state's child welfare agency. DCF's mission is 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 environment. The agency's vision is that 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. The Department provides foster care to children and youth who have been removed from their home due to abuse, neglect, unsafe or dangerous conditions. Additionally, the Department provides adoptive services for children and youth in foster care.

Governing Laws:


MGL C. 18B S. 1-25
Department of Children and Families
MGL C. 119 S. 1-51G
Protection and Care of Children
MGL C. 190B S. 5
Guardians and Conservators
MGL C. 210 S. 1-14
Adoption of Children and Change of Name
MGL C. 112 S. 135-135B
Social Worker Privilege


110 CMR
Department of Children and Families