Alliance of Massachusetts YMCA

Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs Offer DCF Foster Youth Free One-year Access 

Our incredible partners at the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs create access and opportunity for foster children by providing free one-year access for very *DCF foster child, eighteen and under. 

Through one-year YMCA access, hundreds of DCF foster children enjoy independent and group activities that promote fun, health, creativity, community and friendship.  

The Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs serves 1.3 million people across the Commonwealth. With over 700 service locations, there are 530,000 children and teens being served, 284,000 attending early learning and after school programs, and over 21,000 employed youth to provide a wide range of activities to nurture their potential and ensure their success. 

*This offer is for DCF foster children living with DCF approved foster parents and is not yet available to Congregate Care facilities and IFC placements 


Due to COVID-19, each YMCA will have a different timeline for opening doors to the public and various new protocols including limiting capacity, and no walk-in service. When the YMCAs begin to open, everyone will be required to call ahead and schedule a time to visit. If you are registering a foster child for access, you must call ahead for an appointment. If your foster child is already an access member, you must call ahead and schedule a time to visit. At this time walk-ins will not be allowed to enter. Before going to your local YMCA, please call and inquire about opening dates, hours of operation and scheduling an appointment for access. Listed below are the common health check screening questions all Y's will ask prior to registering a child for access and before every visit to the Y. 

Today or in the past 24 hours, have you or any household members had any of the following symptoms? 

  1. Fever (temperature of 100.0°F or above), felt feverish, or had chills? 

  2. Cough? 

  3. Sore throat? 

  4. Difficulty breathing? 

  5. Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting)? 

  6. Fatigue? 

  7. Headache? 

  8. New loss of smell/taste? 

  9. New muscle aches?

In the past 14 days have you been in contact with someone who has been known to be infected with COVID19?  


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register my foster child for access to our local YMCA?
  • You will receive a letter from the Wonderfund via Email

  • The letter will include a link to an Opt-In Survey, fill out the Opt-In Survey

  • Then print the email/letter and bring the printed letter to your chosen YMCA along with your foster child to sign up

  • Visit the front desk at the YMCA and a show the YMCA employee the printed letter for assistance

Is there a cost associated with this access offer?
  • Each individual YMCA is owned and operated independently. This means that YMCA access will have unique benefits according to the rules and regulations of that specific YMCA. You should request an outline of benefits when you choose your YMCA location.

  • Each YMCA offers a menu of activities and programs, some of these activities and programs will be offered at no cost and some of the activities and programs may have a cost associated.

Is financial aid available for extra activities offered at the YMCA?
  • The YMCA staff are there to help you with any questions that 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 if there is 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 social worker.

Can my biological children receive free access to the YMCA as well?
  • This offer is currently for Foster Children Only. Please speak to the YMCA staff about family memberships.
Does my child need to be supervised while at the YMCA?
  • Every YMCA has their own rules and regulations. Please consult with your specific YMCA to understand the rules and expectations.
Can my foster child have access to the YMCA if they are living in a Congregate Care or IFC Facility?
  • 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.