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Welcome to Dare Family Services



Dare Family Services is looking for special people to open their homes and their hearts to a child who has been abused or neglected.

Since 1964, Dare has been dedicated to improving the lives of youth. Our Intensive Foster Care (Therapeutic Foster Care in CT) programs are located throughout Massachusetts and in East Hartford, CT. These programs provide a family-based setting to help a child recover from past trauma and have a second chance at a healthy, happy life.

Whether you are married, single, divorced, or an empty nester—YOU can become a foster parent and change a child’s life. Our foster parents provide a safe and healthy home environment. They are part of a supportive team of caregivers, including social workers and therapists. 

Many Dare foster parents have been with us for years or even decades. One foster parent explained why she has been with Dare for so long by saying, “It’s the support, consistency, and training. It’s learning new skills and the feeling that we are a part of a team.”

The rewards of being a foster parent can last a lifetime. Many of our former foster children stay closely connected to their foster families. These lifelong connections are a testament to the powerful work of foster parenting. 

All it takes is one caring adult to forever change the life of a child.



Agency Facts

    • Dare was founded in Roxbury, MA in 1964.
    • Dare now provides services across MA and in the East Hartford, CT area.
    • Dare's Intensive Foster Care program (Therapeutic Foster Care in CT) serves approximately 450 children and adolescents daily through six program sites in MA and one site in CT.
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Dare on the Giving Common

  • Click below, on the logo, to view Dare’s profile on The Giving Common, an online database of MA nonprofits: