In the mid-1970s, the Massachusetts Council for Adult Foster Care was launched as a pilot program with just seven member agencies to specifically assist seniors in remaining in a home setting by matching them with a caregiver. The program soon grew to 14 providers, but it was limited by several factors, including that caregivers could not be family members. That changed in 2007, a year that marked major program growth. The number of participants served has since grown from 1,000 to over 12,000 currently.
Today our program continues to experience exponential growth, both in the number of providers and types of agencies applying for membership as well as in the demographics and numbers of participants served.