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Adult Family/Foster Care (AFC) is a MassHealth funded program that helps support individuals 16 years of age and older living in the community who are unable to live alone independently.  Participant and caregiver eligibility is determined through MassHealth AFC regulations.  Participants may live either with related caregivers or non-related caregivers.  Caregivers receive a tax exempt payment for their services.  In addition, families are supported by a team of professionals (Case Manager and Registered Nurse) through regular home visits, specialized training based on the Plan of Care, and phone support.

Who is eligible for Adult Foster Care?

  • Participants must be16 years of age or older
  • Participants need to be a Massachusetts resident who receives, or is eligible to receive MassHealth
  • A Physician must order AFC services for an individual
  • AFC participants must need daily assistance with at least one of the following:
    • Eating
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
    • Toileting
    • Ambulating
    • Transferring

Who can be a caregiver?

  • Caregivers must be able to devote appropriate time necessary to provide needed personal care to the participant to ensure the participant's safety and well-being at all times.
  • Caregiver must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The caregiver can be a family member or non-family member (with the exception of the individual's legal guardian or spouse) who has time in their lives and room in their home and is willing to provide assistance and supervision.
  • Caregivers must be thoroughly screened and complete an application process (interviews, CORI check, reference checks, physical examination, and a home assessment)

For further information, or if you are interested in participating in the AFC Program, please contact: Kathryn Skeirik, RN BSN at 781-587-2306 or at kskeirik@theemarc.org.