I'm ready! Now what?

Step-by-Step Timeline

From the date you send in your initial application, the entire licensing process should be completed in two to three months (depending on how quickly you complete and return the forms and your availability to meet and attend trainings).  Once you are licensed as a foster parent a refugee youth can come live with you. 

Initial Contact

Email our Family Resource Coordinator, Orfa Torres, or call her at 774.243.3062. She will answer your questions about foster care and complete a basic interest form with you.

Home Study

  • Completion of Initial application
  • A background check of law enforcement records will be made for you and your family members living in your home
  • Fingerpringting of you and your family members living in your home
  • Two personal references, of your choice, will be collected from friends, relatives or clergy to give character references
  • One school reference for each child presently living in the home
  • Employer reference for each parent working outside of the home
  • Medical clearances from your Primary Care Provider showing that you are in adequate health to care for a youth
  • Financial statement deomnstrating financial stability
  • A family resource worker will meet with you and your family to explore refugee foster care and conduct individual interviews
  • A safety check of your home will be completed


  • Necessary attendance at MAPP (Massachusetts Approach to Partnership and Parenting) training
  • Attendance at ongoing trainings as available and applicable; a minimum of 20 hours per year

Visit Us

230 Second Ave, Suite 125
Waltham, MA 02451 | MAP
Phone: 781.790.8019
11 Shattuck Street
Worcester, MA 01605 | MAP Phone: 781.790.8019
Fax: 781.373.9157