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Child and Family / Child Care/ Dads

ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development)

Antipoverty agency with programs such as Head Start, alternative high school, career development, summer jobs for adolescents, homeless prevention, shelter placement, food pantry, and financial coaching. Also runs University High School (x520) and Ostiguy HS. Community locations: Parker Hill/Fenway, Southend, Elm Hill, Roxbury.

178 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-348-6000
Fax: 617-357-7158

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Child At Risk Hotline (Judge Baker Children's Center)

Child At Risk Hotline (Judge Baker Children's Center)

A statewide after-hours emergency response system. Fields requests for crisis intervention, information, or referrals. Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hotline is a part of the DCF automated FAMILYNET system. Directed by the Judge Baker's Children's Center.

53 Parker Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02120

Phone: (main) 617-232-8390, (hotline) 800-792-5200
Fax: 617-233-8399

Solutions at Work

Families can exchange clothes and toys as well as obtain diapers, car seats, and cribs. Solutions at Work provides interview-appropriate clothing for persons released from prison, going to court, or in job training programs. Quality affordable moving services (617-492-0300, ext. 1) and free refurbished computers are provided. Open to all.

Roosevelt Tower Housing Complex
391 Evereteze Way
Cambridge, MA 02141

1151 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617-576-0039
Fax: 617-812-5871

Children's Hospital Primary Care Center (CHPCC) Young Parents Program

Teaches parenting and helps with housing and school (male or female), provides medical care, counseling, and health education. Age 18 or younger.

300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-355-7718
Fax: 617-730-0505

Crittenton Women's Union

Serves high-risk young families. Assists individuals and families to develop the tools to attain and sustain economic independence and self-sufficiency. Programs include housing, education, employment, childcare. nutrition and family support services.

10 Perthshire Road
Brighton, MA 02135-1723

Phone: 617-782-7600
Fax: 617-254-7966

Department of Children and Families

Central Office
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-748-2000

Park Street Area Office
Esquire Building
50 Park Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
Phone: 617-822-4700
Fax: 617-360-2650

Hyde Park Area Office
1530 River Street
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Phone: 617-363-5000
Fax: 617-363-5175

Dimock Street Area Office
30 Dimock Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
Phone: 617-989-2800
Fax: 617-445-9147

Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts

Programs include a broad range of home visiting and center-based services including outreach and linkage to schools and skills training, childcare, counseling, health and parenting education, access to health and mental health services, service coordination, and infant/child developmental screening.

200 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: 617-474-1143
Fax: 617-474-1261

Furniture Bank

Provide free household essentials to people in need. Must apply and meet eligibility standards. Bus from Haymarket Square (441, 442).

15 Burbier St
Lynn, MA 01901

Phone: 781-595-7570

Haitian Multi-Service Center at Catholic Charities

A program of Catholic Charities, HMSC prepares and assists immigrants in their struggle for social and economic self-sufficiency in America in a culturally and linguistically unfamiliar environment. Services include: Adult Education, Childcare, Citizenship Classes and Testing, Educational and Vocational Counseling, English as a Second Language (ESL), Family Counseling, Food Pantry, Health Education, Immigrant and Refugee Resettlement Services, Initial Response Services, Job Development and Women's Support Groups.

185 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA 02121

Phone: 617-506-6600 (Catholic Charities) 617-436-2848 (Haitian Multi-Service Center)
Fax: 617-474-1009

Healthy Baby, Healthy Child

​ Provides in-home visits to high-risk pregnant and parenting women, children up to three years of age, and families while linking clients with systems of care throughout Boston. A program of the Boston Public Health Commission.

774 Albany Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 617-534-5832 or 800-711-1180 (hotline)
Fax: 617-534-5355

Parent Stress Line

Accepts calls 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Calls are anonymous, confidential and answered by trained counselors who offer parents support, guidance, support groups, and articles.

108 Water Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Phone: 1-800-632-8188
Fax: 617-926-5011

The GIFT Program at Roxbury Youthworks

A program of Roxbury Youthworks, the Gaining Independence for Tomorrow (GIFT) Program was started in 2002 to specifically meet the needs of Boston youth 11 to 18 years of age who are involved in, at risk for involvement in, or recovery from sexual exploitation. The program uses RYI's trademark service. Must be referred by DCF. Offices in Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park, and Chelsea.

Roxbury District Office
253 Roxbury Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Phone: 617-989-8703

Judge Baker Children's Center

Provides intervention and research devoted to serving children and adolescents at risk for persistent academic and social failure because of emotional, learning, and behavioral problems.
53 Park Hill Ave. Boston MA< 02120
617-232-8390

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

The Recreation and Youth Program is comprised of delivering gym and pool activities, English as a Second Language and other academic classes, tutoring, and youth services to young people and families in Chinatown, the South End, South Cove, and greater Boston's Asian American community. Offers community recreation program including family services, recreation, and fitness youth center, adult education, after school program, arts and enrichment, early education and care, and family child care. Nominal membership fee required. Regular hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-9:00pm; Saturday 9:30am- 4:00pm. Hours are extended during the summer.

885 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-635-5129
Fax: 617-292-6599

John F. Kennedy Family Service Center

A program of ABCD, the agency is a family-focused community whose programs include Head Start, after school day care, elderly services, pre-school and school age childcare, utility bill advocacy, telephone lifeline services, job readiness workshops, case management, MassHealth application assistance, food stamp/SNAP assistance, holiday gifts, fuel assistance, summer works, senior services, housing assistance, parenting skills workshop, translation in Mandarin and Spanish.

23A Moulton Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

Phone: 617-241-8866
Fax: 617-241-5466

Roxbury YMCA

As the largest provider of licensed childcare in Roxbury, the YMCA offers programs for infant, toddlers, preschool, and kindergarten as well as many after school programs. In addition, teens may take advantage of both recreational programs and leadership development opportunities. There are a variety of youth summer programs and free summer membership. Additionally, the Black Achievers program, which can be reached at 617-927-8031, establishes one-on-one mentoring to help with college planning.

285 Martin Luther King, Boulevard
Roxbury, MA 02119

Phone: 617-427-5300
Fax: 617-427-0772

United South End Settlements

Provides a variety of services to individuals and families, including preschool, after-school programs, camps, adult education, home visits, benefits advocacy. There is also an art program, computer training, and data entry program for 12-15 year olds at the Arts Center (36 Rutland Street). Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-9pm.

Harriet Tubman House
566 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 617-536-8610
Fax: 617-236-0162

Parent / Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)

The statewide organization of the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, PAL provides support, education, and advocacy around issues related to children's mental health.

45 Bromfield Street/51 Union Street Suite 308
Boston, MA 02108/ Worcester, MA 01608

Phone: 866-815-8122/508-767-9725
Fax: 617-542-7832/508-767-9727

Boston Healthy Start / Father Friendly Initiative

FFI service is deigned to reintegrate the father into the family. Targets fathers with child support, custody, or court issues. Provides parenting skills, job training, housing referrals, and other services to low income men. Offers a 12-lesson culturally sensitive curriculum.

774 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118

Phone: 617-543-9525
Fax: 857-543-9526

Caring Dads

Caring Dads is devoted to ensuring the safety and well-being of children by working with fathers who have abused and neglected their children or exposed them to abuse of their mothers. We offer intervention to fathers, train communities in engaging, assessing and intervening with high-risk men and conduct research on how we can continue to improve our practice.

2464 Mass Ave Suite 101
Cambridge MA, 02140

Phone: 617-547-9879

Massachusetts Family TIES

The Parent-to-Parent Program brings together parents facing similar challenges in raising their children with special needs. We believe that sharing experiences provides strength and support to each other. Seeking Support Parents contact us in search of a listening ear-another parent who has faced some of the same issues and concerns as they now face. Locations all over Massachusetts
508-792-7880 Ext. 2335

Fathers Uplift

Fathers’ Uplift's programs and therapeutic interventions support fathers in overcoming barriers so they can be positively and sustainably engaged in their children’s lives.

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