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Category Archives: Children & Families

Adopting in Massachusetts: How to Apply Posted on Apr 28

Adopting in Massachusetts: How to Apply

Whether you have struggled to have a child or always planned to adopt, choosing to adopt is an incredible gift for your family and a child in need. Many of the children waiting to be adopted in Massachusetts have experienced loss and hardship, and just   …Continue Reading Adopting in Massachusetts: How to Apply

Preventing Child Abuse in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 19

Preventing Child Abuse in Massachusetts

This is a guest blog post from the Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1988. Our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect across the Bay State. Through decades of research, programs, and evaluation, we have learned that   …Continue Reading Preventing Child Abuse in Massachusetts

Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding Posted on Apr 12

Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding

If you’re planning your dream wedding in the Bay State, congratulations! Whatever your theme or guest list — should you invite Aunt Edna or your second cousin Joe? — there are a few things you’ll need to do before the big day to make sure   …Continue Reading Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding

Find State Nutrition Programs to Help You Eat Better Posted on Mar 15

Find State Nutrition Programs to Help You Eat Better

For many people in Massachusetts, eating healthy food isn’t easy because of limited resources or mobility. If you need help putting fresh, nutritious food on the table, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) offer several nutrition   …Continue Reading Find State Nutrition Programs to Help You Eat Better

Learn About the Massachusetts Maple Economy Posted on Mar 8

Learn About the Massachusetts Maple Economy

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. Did you know that March is maple sugaring season? Maple syrup is an important crop for many Massachusetts farmers and is one of the season’s first   …Continue Reading Learn About the Massachusetts Maple Economy

The Magic of Family Reading Time Posted on Mar 1

The Magic of Family Reading Time

Reading aloud gives you a chance to explore new stories and spend quality time with your family. And the benefits for your kids don’t stop there — the National Education Association (NEA) points to studies showing that children who read at home are more likely   …Continue Reading The Magic of Family Reading Time

Celebrate Black History Month Through Historical Tours and Trails Posted on Feb 2

Celebrate Black History Month Through Historical Tours and Trails

Black History Month, celebrated every February, is an opportunity to learn about and recognize the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has compiled a list of Black History Month resources, including walking tours and heritage trails. They   …Continue Reading Celebrate Black History Month Through Historical Tours and Trails

4 Things to Do When Applying for Financial Aid Posted on Jan 28

4 Things to Do When Applying for Financial Aid

Each year, financial aid helps millions of students across the United States achieve their dreams of attending college. There are many free resources available to guide you through the application process. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), a division of the Department of Higher   …Continue Reading 4 Things to Do When Applying for Financial Aid

How You Can Serve This Martin Luther King Jr. Day Posted on Jan 12

How You Can Serve This Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve”  —  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From his sermons as a pastor in Atlanta, Georgia, to his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached the importance of love, tolerance, and service. With   …Continue Reading How You Can Serve This Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Ice Fishing, Hunting, and Camping This Winter Posted on Jan 7

Ice Fishing, Hunting, and Camping This Winter

Winter is here, but your outdoor adventures don’t have to end. Out in Massachusetts state parks, Wildlife Management Areas, and forests, there’s a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re into hunting, fishing, or camping, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department   …Continue Reading Ice Fishing, Hunting, and Camping This Winter