Steps to Foster Parenting

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a foster parent, take these steps:

Step 1: Talk To Us

Start by calling us at 978-935-2801 or sending an email to We know it’s a big decision to become a foster parent and we’ll try to answer all your questions. We can also mail you additional information or put you in touch with a Plummer foster parent who can provide a first-hand perspective on foster parenting.

We will also ask you some basic questions, such as where you live, who you live with and why you are interested in fostering a child.

Step 2: Meet With Us

We’ll schedule an informational meeting with you one-on-one so you can learn more about Plummer Youth Promise and the kids we serve. We can discuss the joys and challenges of parenting a foster child and review the resources we provide so your experience will be successful and rewarding.

Step 3: Get Trained

Children and youth in foster care often have special needs due to the traumatic experiences that brought them into care. Once you’ve decided to pursue foster parenting, you must undergo 30 hours of training known as Massachusetts Approaches to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP). The training, required by the state Department of Children and Families and offered locally by Plummer Youth Promise, will prepare you to foster while also helping you make an informed decision about becoming a foster parent. Check out MAPP training dates here.

Step 4: Complete a Home Study

Once you have been trained, a licensed social worker will conduct a home study. The social worker will talk to you and others living in your home, including children to learn more about your family and the ways in which we can best support you. You will need to meet various state requirements including having enough space to comfortably accommodate all members of the household.