Resources for Social Workers

Welcome DCF Social Workers! The Wonderfund is here to help YOU give the kids in your caseload confidence, dignity, and joy.

We are here for you

How can we help you make moments that matter for the kids you work with?

Enrichment

Do you know a foster family who doesn’t yet have a Wonderfund Access Card? Let us know! The Access Card gives Foster Families free and discounted access to zoos, museums, and other fantastic family venues!

The Wonderfund is honored to work with you to brighten the lives of every child involved with DCF. Thank you for the work you do every day. You are our heroes!!

Camp

Do you have a child who would like to go to summer camp? Play Little League? Take art classes? Get in touch! We can make it happen.

We partner with a number of unbelievable Massachusetts camps, professional sports and youth development organizations to create magical summertime memories for DCF children. We want every foster child to have the opportunity to experience camp, and work to ensure we find the right camp for each of them. Whether the child is interested in theater, sports, or a sleepaway experience, we’ll make it happen.

How We Help

Access Card & Benefits

Think of the Access Card as a AAA card for the Commonwealth’s 3,000 foster families. We partner with a variety of organizations across the state to offer discounted or free admission to family-friendly experiences, including theaters, museums, sports facilities, parks and so much more.

Learn More about Foster Family Benefits

Foster Family Events

Find fun and enriching opportunities offered by the coolest destinations in Massachusetts – just for MA DCF Foster Children and their Families.​

Learn More about Foster Family Events

Family Room Renovations

We work with an incredible partner, The Shah Foundation, to update and renovate family visiting rooms every year.

Learn More about Family Room Renovations

Emergency Aid

Do you have a child who needs a backpack and school supplies? Pajamas and underwear for their first few nights in foster care? Call us!

Do you have children whose holidays need to be made brighter with presents that they themselves wish for? That’s what we are here for!

Do you have a teen who needs toiletries? Black and brown hair and skin products? Period supplies?

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

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