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Welcome to the Northeast Region, MA Office of Dare Family Services

Welcome to Dare Family Services in the Northeast Region of Massachusetts.

Our office in Methuen serves the North Shore and Merrimack Valley communities. The Department of Children and Families (formerly the Department of Social Services) refers children to us for Intensive Foster Care placement.  We work closely with the Lynn, Salem, Malden, Lowell, Haverhill and Lawrence DCF offices.

Currently, we have more than 50 loving and committed families working with us to care for over 60 young children and adolescents. We have a team of seven social workers, two family resource coordinators, and two clinical supervisors working with the program director to provide a professional and responsive service.  We are committed to doing all we can to ensure the success and happiness of the children in our foster homes.  We are excited to be working with foster parents who have opened their homes to join us in this endeavor.

We are proud that we have several foster families who have been with us for more than 10 years and many of our foster families have come to us after working with other agencies.  Many of our foster children who have grown up continue to stay in touch with their former foster families.  We know that our loving foster parents made a difference in their lives.  One 18-year-old foster child in our program recently told a judge who was reviewing her case, “I have been in foster care since 1994, and I have had a lot of social workers, but I feel really supported by my Dare social worker. She is always there for me, making sure that I do well in school, and she holds me accountable.”