Become a Mentor
By becoming a foster parent, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. You’ll also receive the tools, education and support from our expert team that you need to be successful.
Treatment Foster Care
At Massachusetts MENTOR, we believe children belong in families. When it’s not in their best interest to be with their biological families, we provide them with safe, nurturing homes through our Treatment Foster Care (TFC) program.
We match children and adolescents with dedicated foster parents who we call Mentors. With the help of our expert staff, Mentors provide individualized treatment and support to help youth with complex challenges lead healthy, stable lives in the communities they call home.
Our TFC program begins with Individualized Service Plans (ISPs). We take time to understand each child’s past and dreams for the future. Then we work with their Mentors, referring case managers, family members and guardians to develop services that meet their unique needs.
In addition to helping each child heal and thrive, we also focus on their permanency goals—whether it’s reunification with family, adoption or independent living. With a track record of success spanning more than three decades, our TFC program offers a range of comprehensive support including:
- Counseling services
- Family and community-based activities
- Advocacy and support for court and school systems
- 24-hour emergency on-call services
- Case management and individualized service plans
- Skill development and ongoing education for foster parents
- Program oversight and quality improvement
- Access to our continuum of care and program transfers
Children We Support
Massachusetts MENTOR’s TFC program is designed to serve children and adolescents who require a higher level of care and clinical support than traditional foster care models.
Our program serves children of all ages including those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, emotional or behavioral challenges, and those coming from troubled families or crisis situations, hospitals and other more intensive residential settings. We also work closely with our state partners to support youth who have been involved with the juvenile justice system and provide specialized services to help them lead healthy, stable lives.