Encompass – Synergy Initiative Round 5

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) received a Synergy Initiative Implementation Year 1 grant of $439,676 in 2022 for the Encompass: Community and Collaboration for Foster Families project.  This project aims to provide foster parents with training and supports to better respond to the behavioral health needs of children in their care through three components.  Selected foster parents and kinship families in the Worcester DCF Offices participate in a peer coach component model over six-months that includes individualized trauma-focused information, skill building, and confidence.  Following the one-on-one coaching, peer support groups are held.  The final component includes recruitment of volunteers in the Greater Worcester area to provide a menu of supports to foster families.  Outcomes are compared to those of foster families in the Springfield area who are not receiving the intervention.  For the first implementation year, Encompass will continue to support foster families in the Worcester East and Worcester West catchment area while also expanding to the North Central and South County areas, with the aim to enroll 70 families in 2022. 

2022 – Implementation, Year 1$439,676
2021 – Pilot Grant $424,815
2020 – Planning Grant$232,920

Encompass Logic Model

◊ Encompass Program to help Foster Families
WCCA TV, June 24, 2021
◊ Encompass program offers support system for Worcester area foster parents
Telegram & Gazette, May 24, 2021