Encompass – Synergy Initiative Round 5

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) received a Synergy Initiative Pilot Grant of $424,815 in 2021 for the Encompass: Community and Collaboration for Foster Families project, following a Planning Grant of $232,920.  This project aims to provide foster parents with training and supports to better respond to the behavioral health needs of children in their care.  Selected 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 one-on-one coaching, peer support groups will be held.  The final component includes recruitment of 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

Encompass Logic Model

◊ Encompass Program to help Foster Families
Mary McGeown, President of the MSPCC talks about new program
◊ Encompass program offers support system for Worcester area foster parents
Telegram & Gazette, May 24, 2021