Dorchester Family Support Network

In Dorchester, as in all of our Networks, we engage families through Welcome Baby home visits, Parent-Child Playgroups, the Parent-Child+ Program, Parenting Education, and Child Development Screenings.  

In addition, we support the well-being and healthy development of Dorchester families with the following: 

  • Patch program – a neighborhood-based collaboration among DCF, DYS, FNC and other agencies to provide resources and support that enhance families’ abilities to provide a safe and nurturing home environment for their children. A Patch social work team is located at our main office.
  • Dorchester CARES Community Coalition – meetings on the second Wednesday of every month to engage neighborhood residents in supporting community families.
  • Each One, Reach One – meetings on the first Thursday of every month to connect community service providers working with families.
  • Dorchester Community Family Nurturing Program – 15-session program for the whole family, generally offered in the fall.
  • Breakthrough Parenting Program – 15-session program for parents only, offered in a summer/fall and a winter/spring cycle.
  • Community events for families – Fathers & Families Fun Day in June, Backpack Giveaway at Bowdoin-Geneva Community Day in August, Holiday Party in December
  • Resource and referral services and family advocacy – available to neighborhood families with children of all ages.

For more information, contact Tara Register, Dorchester CARES Coalition Coordinator: or 617-474-1143 x263.  

Language capacity of staff team: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.

Our Dorchester team works out of two locations:

  • Temporary main office:
    Yawkey Center,
    185 Columbia Road, Suite 304;
    after December 1, at our New Family and Training Center
  • FNC’s Family Enrichment Site,
    UP Academy Dorchester,
    35 Westville Street