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

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

Our office in Springfield serves our foster families in Hampden and Hampshire counties. Our satellite office in Dalton serves families in Berkshire County, and the South Deerfield satellite office is for our foster families in Franklin County.


The children in our Intensive Foster Care (IFC) program are referred to us by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) refers adults to our Shared Living program.


We are fortunate to have more than 100 wonderful foster families working with us. Together we take care of more than 100 children in placement in our IFC program. More than 40 of our foster families have been with us for the last ten years. Our families and our staff have the reputation of being highly trained and dedicated professionals. Our program is known for its higher quality standards and culture of collaboration and cooperation.


“I consider Dare’s Western Regional office as one big family; we go through our good times and bad times together, we learn from each other and we try our best to help the children and adults in care with us. We have many children who left our program years ago and are now adults, and they still keep in touch with us. This, in itself, is our success story,” said Vijay Dalal, director of the Dare Family Services Western Region office and Dare employee since 1995.