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Category Archives: Children & Families

Safe Toys and Gifts for Children Posted on Dec 17

Safe Toys and Gifts for Children

Children love receiving gifts and presents around the holidays, and the excitement that comes from unwrapping a gift can fill a house with joy. While toys are meant to be fun and entertaining, they can pose several safety risks. In 2013 there were approximately 256,700   …Continue Reading Safe Toys and Gifts for Children

Teen Safety: Don’t Text and Drive Posted on Nov 14

Teen Safety: Don’t Text and Drive

Distracted driving, specifically texting while driving, is a significant issue in the United States. In 2012, car accidents that involved a distracted driver killed 3,328 people and injured 421,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, teen drivers are at   …Continue Reading Teen Safety: Don’t Text and Drive

Special Education Mediation Posted on Oct 30

A child’s education is important to their happiness and success in life. Children with disabilities can excel in school with the right support and services. However, when school staff and parents differ about the educational needs of a student with disabilities, there may be a   …Continue Reading Special Education Mediation

Halloween Safety Tips Posted on Oct 24

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time of year for both children and adults. Whether you plan on trick-or-treating under the moonlight or hosting your own spooky haunted house, it’s important to stay safe. With advice and resources from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS) you   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips

Keep Smiling: Managing Your Oral Health Posted on Oct 7

Keep Smiling: Managing Your Oral Health

Massachusetts residents – young and old – need to keep a close eye on their health and well-being. Oral health is an important part of the equation that individuals should prioritize, no matter their age. Consider some basic oral care tips to maintain a healthy   …Continue Reading Keep Smiling: Managing Your Oral Health

Baby Safe Haven Posted on Sep 30

Baby Safe Haven, a program offered by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), enables parents to surrender newborn infants they are unable to care for with an appropriate person at a designated facility. Parents will not face criminal prosecution as long as there are   …Continue Reading Baby Safe Haven

Welfare/Social Services Assistance in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 23

Welfare/Social Services Assistance in Massachusetts

Across the state, Massachusetts offers a wealth of resources for families and individuals who have fallen on hard times. From child advocacy to transitional assistance, state agency welfare and social services provide assistance and support for those in need. Department of Children and Families The   …Continue Reading Welfare/Social Services Assistance in Massachusetts

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