The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) received a Synergy Initiative Pilot Grant of $424,815 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.  Forty foster parents and kinship families in the Worcester DCF Offices will participate in a peer coach component model over six-months that includes individualized trauma-focused information, skill building, and confidence.  Following the coaching, Skill Enhancement Peer Support Program sessions will be held over a 16-week period.  The final component includes recruitment of 80 volunteers in the Greater Worcester area to provide a menu of supports to foster families.  Outcomes will be compared to those of foster families in the Springfield area who are not receiving the intervention.

2021 – Pilot Grant$424,815
2020 – Planning Grant$232,920