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Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month at DCR Parks in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 21

Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month at DCR Parks in Massachusetts

Chances are you’re already close to one of the more than 150 state parks in Massachusetts. Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month this July — get outdoors and host a picnic with friends, hike on a trail, or spend the day bird watching. Learn where the Commonwealth’s many parks   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month at DCR Parks in Massachusetts

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 14

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

Having a nurturing and stable home is essential in a child’s development process. In 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 5,425 children entered the Massachusetts foster care system in need of temporary role models who could provide guidance as   …Continue Reading Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets Posted on Jul 9

SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

Crates of sweet cantaloupe, juicy tomatoes, and fresh potatoes — the buzz of a farmers’ market on a sunny afternoon. What could be better? Shopping at farmers’ markets is a fun way to stock up on nutritious, locally grown food. Through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance   …Continue Reading SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

The Importance of Protecting Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes Posted on Jun 24

The Importance of Protecting Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

No one wants to spend their summer worrying about ticks and mosquitoes. Although it’s difficult to escape these pests altogether, you can prevent them from infesting your property and minimize itchy bug bites on you and your family. The Department of Public Health (DPH) and   …Continue Reading The Importance of Protecting Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 2: Changing the Terms of an Arrangement and Enforcement Posted on Jun 18

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 2: Changing the Terms of an Arrangement and Enforcement

The first part of this series on child support in Massachusetts focused on how to arrange a child support order, as well as how to make and receive payments. However, sometimes a change or enforcement of an order is necessary. The Department of Revenue Child   …Continue Reading Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 2: Changing the Terms of an Arrangement and Enforcement

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Creating an Arrangement and Managing Payments Posted on Jun 16

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Creating an Arrangement and Managing Payments

Establishing a child support plan is often a top concern for newly separated or divorced parents in Massachusetts. Determining each party’s responsibilities and how the payment and calculation process works helps create a long-term care strategy for children. With resources from the Department of Revenue   …Continue Reading Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Creating an Arrangement and Managing Payments

First-Time Home Buyers: What to Know Before You Buy Posted on Jun 2

First-Time Home Buyers: What to Know Before You Buy

If your largest purchase or expense to date has been a security deposit for an apartment or car payment, deciding to buy a house can be scary. Fortunately, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) has First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) resources   …Continue Reading First-Time Home Buyers: What to Know Before You Buy

Accessible Fun at Massachusetts State Parks Posted on May 29

Accessible Fun at Massachusetts State Parks

State parks in Massachusetts are open to people of all abilities year-round, but the opportunities for outdoor activities really multiply as the weather gets warmer. You may already be aware of the many accessible trails, but did you know there are also accessible ways to   …Continue Reading Accessible Fun at Massachusetts State Parks

Boat Smart from the Start Posted on May 19

Boat Smart from the Start

The simple act of wearing a flotation device can save a life. According to a 2013 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recreational boating report, in fatal boating accidents where the victims drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. First-time boaters should learn safe practices   …Continue Reading Boat Smart from the Start

Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Posted on May 15

Many families across Massachusetts care for loved ones with intellectual disabilities. Through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Commonwealth offers a number of programs designed to help these families by providing a wide array   …Continue Reading Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities