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Foster Youth Resources

Foster Youth Resouces

The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families offers a variety of support to help foster youth finance their post-secondary education. Please review DCF Educational and Vocational Support Services (pdf) for scholarship and grant programs that are available to foster youth.

For more information on each of these programs, students, social workers and college administrators can contact:

  • Kristen Quinlan, DCF Education & Training Social Worker at 617-784-2204 or via email at
  • Judy Han, DCF Education & Training at 617-748-2309

For more information on DCF Adolescent Services, please review Massachusetts Health and Human Services' Adolescent Services Website

Helpful points of contact for DCF affiliated Foster Youth at UMass Lowell are:

  • Someris Rivera, Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid via email at: or on the phone at 978-934-2402
  • Ann Ciaraldi, Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Violence Prevention & Compliance via email at: or on the phone at 978-934-2100

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