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National Child Passenger Safety Week Posted on Sep 12

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death among children ages three to 14 years old. From September 14-20, Child Passenger Safety Week is observed to promote child car safety. The Massachusetts Child Passenger   …Continue Reading National Child Passenger Safety Week

Adolescent Services in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 10

Adolescent Services in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is committed to providing services for the positive development and empowerment of its young people. That’s why the Adolescent Services Unit at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) supports youth 14 years old and older who have been moved from their homes to   …Continue Reading Adolescent Services in Massachusetts

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 2

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) protects children in Massachusetts from abuse and neglect, and ensures they are able to grow in nurturing home environments. When notified of an unsuitable living situation, DCF may decide to remove a child from their home and take   …Continue Reading Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

Injury Prevention for Children in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 28

Keeping children safe is a priority of parenting and many jobs involving youth care and services. While the bumps, bruises, and scrapes any curious child typically receives are unavoidable,  there are instances of larger danger you can help prevent. From September 1 – 7, National   …Continue Reading Injury Prevention for Children in Massachusetts

Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites Posted on Jul 16

Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites

Protect Yourself from Mosquito and Tick Bites This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health The warm temperatures are finally here in Massachusetts, and of course our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors with friends and family. As we head   …Continue Reading Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites

Camping Tips for a Summer Adventure Posted on Jun 27

Camping Tips for a Summer Adventure

Summer is here and it’s time to venture outside and make the most of the great outdoors. If you’re ready to leave behind the comforts and conveniences of home for a few days and explore the wilderness, camping is a fun activity the entire family   …Continue Reading Camping Tips for a Summer Adventure

A Guide to Child Support in the Commonwealth Posted on Jun 24

A Guide to Child Support in the Commonwealth

Divorce or legal separation can put both emotional and financial strain on a family. When the parents of a child no longer live together, child support must be paid by one of the parents to ensure a child’s financial needs are met to facilitate growth,   …Continue Reading A Guide to Child Support in the Commonwealth

Massachusetts Early Education & Care Programs Posted on Jun 17

Massachusetts Early Education & Care Programs

Choosing an early education and care program means selecting a safe and nurturing environment for your child that also fits your family’s needs and schedule. Early care can also play a critical role in your child’s emotional, mental, and physical development, so it’s beneficial to   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Early Education & Care Programs

School’s Out for Summer: A Resource for Parents Posted on Jun 12

School’s Out for Summer: A Resource for Parents

As school lets out for the summer, parents eagerly hunt for day care, camp, and job options to keep young kids and teens occupied. Luckily, many positive activities exist throughout Massachusetts to provide enriching summer experiences for youth. If you’re seeking summer entertainment for a   …Continue Reading School’s Out for Summer: A Resource for Parents

Five Tips for Home Electrical Safety Posted on Jun 9

Five Tips for Home Electrical Safety

Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of fire-related death in the Commonwealth.  Between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to more than 45,000 home electrical fires that resulted in 455 civilian deaths, over 1,500 injures, and more than 1 billion dollars in property damage.   …Continue Reading Five Tips for Home Electrical Safety