Resources for Foster Families

DCF foster families care for the approximately 10,000 children who cannot live with their parents. These families open their hearts and homes, taking on all of the joy and challenges accompanying such a commitment. Wonderfund supports DCF foster families in a variety of ways. 

Wonderfund Access Card

The Wonderfund Access Card is like a AAA card created just for DCF foster families. Wonderfund partners with incredible organizations across the state to offer discounted or free admission to family-friendly experiences, including museums, theaters, outdoor spaces, and treasured destinations. 

Wonderfund Access Card partners welcome DCF foster kids to enjoy enriching adventures, engage in social interaction, and gain confidence and inspiration sparked by new experiences. 

Enrichment Opportunities

Camp

Making arts and crafts. Learning how to swim. Playing an epic game of tug-of-war. We know that summer camp is a place where children make meaningful connections that last a lifetime. For foster kids, camp provides a much-needed sense of normalcy.

Learn More about Camp

Foster Family Events

Throughout the year, our amazing partners host special events where foster families can have fun, recharge, and connect with other foster families from across the commonwealth.

Learn More about Foster Family Events

Frequently Asked Questions

If your child is involved with The MA Department of Children and Families, your child’s case worker can make it happen! Your child’s DCF case worker is the only way to access Wonderfund resources.

Any child, aged 0 – 24, who is involved with The Department of Children and Families.

Contact your DCF family resource worker for the letter required by the Ys for registering your foster child.

Bring the printed letter to your chosen YMCA along with your foster child to register.

There is no cost associated with the one-year access.

Each YMCA offers a menu of additional activities and programs. Some of these activities are at no cost, and some of the activities and programs may have a fee associated. You should request an outline of access benefits when you choose your YMCA location.

The YMCA staff are there to help you with any questions you may have about signing up for activities and programs. We encourage you to ask the YMCA staff about the possible cost associated with an activity and any financial assistance available. Financial aid and assistance may be available through the YMCA upon request.

The Wonderfund may also be a resource for financial assistance via your DCF family resource worker.

This offer is currently for Foster Children Only. Please speak to the YMCA staff about family memberships.

Every YMCA has its own rules and regulations. Please consult with your specific YMCA to understand the rules and expectations.

At this time, this offer is for DCF Foster Children living within DCF Approved Foster Parents only and is not yet available to Congregate Care and IFC Facilities.

In order to be eligible for this opportunity you must have received an email from the Department of Children and Families explicitly explaining this opportunity. These emails went out all DCF Foster Families who have email addresses. If you did not receive an email but believe that you are eligible, please contact your social worker or local DCF office.

If you do not register by the deadline for the opening of the partnership, your registration will be rolled over to the next quarter of the year when we open up free membership to the additional registrants.

The Museum of Science will use information provided by DCF and Wonderfund strictly to administer free admission provided under this partnership. The Museum will communicate separately only to those who had pre-existing relationships to the Museum, opt in to communication, or separately establish relationships with the Museum apart from the purview of this partnership.

Please be sure to bring a photo ID. The Museum cannot confirm your eligibility for free admission without it and you will be required to purchase tickets.

You are welcome to bring additional guests both adults and children but will need to purchase tickets for any adults who are not listed as primary or secondary caregivers, any primary or secondary caregivers who have not provided consent for their information to be shared with the Museum, and any children who do not reside in the household of a licensed Massachusetts foster home.

No. A primary and/or secondary care provider who has consented to allow their information to be shared with the Museum must be present and must have valid photo ID in order to gain free admission for themselves and the children who reside in their household and this offer cannot be combined with school field trips or other group visits or offers.

You can get as many tickets as you need to cover the eligible members of your household: Primary and secondary care providers who consented to allow their information to be shared with the Museum and their biological, adoptive, and foster children.