CambridgeFamily & Children Services helpfamilies.org
Cambridge Family & Children's Service envisions a world that works for all children, regardless of their circumstances. CFCS believes that all children deserve to live and grow within a family that can be a permanent lifelong resource for them. CFCS seeks to identify and implement methods of strengthening the self-sufficiency of families and individuals alike, and promotes conditions that provide all children and youth with stable homes and positive community environments.
CFCS provides specialized services and programs that respond to the most pressing needs of children, youth, and families, collaborating closely with other community partners to achieve the most beneficial outcomes. CFCS works in close partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) to deliver specialized services for families and children under their care. Services focus on adoption, support for people with developmental disabilities, intensive foster care, adolescents, volunteer mentoring, and family support and stabilization.
The Highland Street Foundation has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with CFCS, stemming from its first site visit by a Highland Street trustee in 2000. We first awarded assistance to CFCS to enable the agency to update its marketing materials for both general use as well as in preparation for a capital campaign. These materials continue to earn the agency recognition and praise. Trustees have also fostered connections between CFCS and other funders in the Boston area, initiating relationships that have subsequently allowed for the creation of other innovative opportunities, such as a forum at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for teens who are "aging out" of the foster care system. CFCS says, "We often describe our mission as simply to serve children and strengthen families." These are objectives that the Highland Street Foundation is proud to support.