Matthew Peterson

Board Member

Matthew is the Adoption Program Director at Child & Family Services of New Bedford, MA where his focus is achieving permanency for children in MA DCF custody. Matthew graduated from Salve Regina University in 2014 with a MS in the Administration of Justice and Homeland Security and brings over a decade of child welfare experience. While pursuing his graduate degree, Matthew began working in a residential treatment facility for children who had experienced abuse and/or neglect. It was during this time Matthew discovered his passion for empowering youth and improving the lives of families. Matthew’s time working in residential treatment culminated in overseeing the agency’s entire residential treatment network which included seven programs, forty-five youth and over seventy staff members. Since then, Matthew has continued to demonstrate his commitment to youth development by piloting an evidence based teen foster care program in the state of RI, assessing kinship foster homes for DCYF and working in the Providence school system as the Director of Behavioral Supports.