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Category Archives: Children & Families

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

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