The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) was established in 1974 and consists of members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The AAICPC has authority under ICPC to "promulgate rules and regulations to carry out more effectively the terms and provisions of this compact." The AAICPC obtains its Secretariat Services, as an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA).
For more information, please visit the AAICPC website.
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All families with whom DCF places children must be licensed, including those that are utilized on a temporary, short-term basis such as respite homes and visiting resources. Respite homes are licensed foster/pre-adoptive families who accept short-term, temporary placements of children in order to provide a break to the foster/pre-adoptive family with whom the child normally resides. Visiting resources are licensed foster/pre-adoptive families with whom children are placed on a short-term basis such as during the vacation period of a community residential program.
Foster Care Placements:
Standards for Eligibility to Apply
Standards for Foster/Pre-Adoptive Homes
Families/individuals who are determined not to be eligible to apply based upon the “Standards for Eligibility to Apply” and the “Standards for Foster/Pre-Adoptive Homes” do not have the right to appeal that determination. [See Regulation 110 CMR 7.100 (6)]
For kinship care resources, supports should be available which are intended to strengthen the ability of parents and kin to meet the needs of their children within their own family, recognizing the importance to children of identity, connectedness and roots.
Initial Eligibility Screening Procedures
For a Potential Kinship or Child-Specific Family: (See Procedure 7 below for procedures when emergency placement prior to completion of the full License study is being considered)
For a Potential Unrestricted Family:
Massachusetts requires the following types of placement resources to be licensed/approved/certified:
Massachusetts uses the following terms to authorize a resource family for foster care and (or) adoption after completion of education and training in state:
Massachusetts resource training program is as follows:
Massachusetts accepts the following training programs as comparable to its education and training program licensing:
Wait Time - (License/Certification/Approval - Education and Training)
Average Length of time it takes for a home to be licensed/approved/certified:
Length of time a license is valid before renewal required:
Massachusetts offers classes (education and training) to become licensed/certified/approved:
Wait Time for Criminal Records Results
Wait time for fingerprint results are:
Live Scan or other technology
- State: 8-14 days
- Local/County: Not Offered
Manually - Fingerprint Card
- State: Not Offered
- Local/County: 8-14 days