The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) is a private, non-profit society dedicated to leadership in protecting and promoting the rights and well-being of children and families. Incorporated in 1878, MSPCC serves children and families across Massachusetts with a range of services designed to respond to the individual needs of infants, children, adolescents and their families. MSPCC's comprehensive array of programs and services includes child abuse and intervention programs, mental health treatment, and adoption services. Services are provided both in the home and through community-based locations across the state of Massachusetts. Whenever possible, MSPCC assists families at home, in the context of their own family dynamics. The children and families that MSPCC serves vary greatly by circumstance, situation and reason for seeking or receiving services. They come from biological, adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Some have been referred by public or community agencies, others by family or friends, or in many cases they have found us on their own.
In Massachusetts alone, a child is reported for abuse or neglect every eight minutes. With "Prevention" as the Society's middle name and the focus of its services, MSPCC strives each day to make a difference in that statistic and more. Last year MSPCC touched the lives of nearly 24,000 children and families through a variety of programs and services: Mental Health and Child Abuse/Neglect Intervention; Family Support and Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention; Early Intervention Services; Day Care and After School Programs; Adoption Services; and Foster Parent Training and Support.