Lives in Forward Transition (LIFT)

Building bridges to independence

KDC provides comprehensive support to foster youths transitioning into their own living space.

Program Overview

KDC’s LIFT is a voluntary program for youths who have been involved with DCF for a long period of time. Through LIFT, young people partner with KDC staff and foster parents to develop their independent living skills. The program offers necessary support as young adults transition out of foster care into their own living space.

If you share KDC’s belief that every youth deserves a caring and stable home, you may be an eligible foster parent. We do not require prior experience. We work with prospective foster parents to complete all training and certifications needed, and we provide ongoing support for all foster families.

Our Difference

KDC empowers all family members to build the skills they need to to create pathways for success for foster youths.

Services We Offer

  • Our thoughtful approach to placements, pairing a foster parent’s strengths to a youth’s needs, and supporting pre-placement connections
  • Comprehensive support, from training to ongoing case management
  • Tax-free stipend – amount is based on the program*
  • Additional financial support for the foster youth’s clothing, holiday, and birthday needs
  • Respite care and emergency on-call support

*Complex Medical Care parents are hired as KDC employees with salary/benefits and receive other benefits, in addition to the stipend.

Who We Support

In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), KDC provides foster placement for youths ages 16 to 22 who have been involved with DCF for a long period of time.


In addition to sharing our vision, to foster with KDC, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Successfully pass required background checks
  • Have no more than four children living in the home (including the foster child)
  • Pass a physical inspection of your home
  • Complete MAPP training

Staff Excellence

We see KDC as partners in the journeys of birth families, foster families, and the youths we serve. With our range of clinical and community experience, KDC supports children and youth in foster care at every stage of their development and ensures that foster parents are prepared to do the same.

We Are Here For You

Contact Us

To inquire about LIFT, please fill in your information in the “We Are Here For You” form. Your submission will go directly to a program staff person who will reach out to you. You may also call 774-206-8867 or email