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Category Archives: Children & Families

What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights? Posted on Oct 7

Domestic abuse can be sexual, physical, and emotional, and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you aren’t alone. A 2010 report on intimate partner violence by the National Center for Injury Prevention and   …Continue Reading What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights?

How to Help Prevent Bullying Posted on Oct 6

How to Help Prevent Bullying

In 2013, 16.6 percent of high school students in Massachusetts experienced bullying on school property, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bullying can happen at school, on the bus, in your neighborhood, or   …Continue Reading How to Help Prevent Bullying

How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year Posted on Sep 24

How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year

Whether it’s your children’s first day of kindergarten or their senior year of high school, one of your biggest responsibilities as a parent is to keep them healthy. That means more than just three square meals a day — exercise, oral hygiene, sleep, and illness   …Continue Reading How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year

Opioid Abuse in Massachusetts: What Parents Need to Know Posted on Sep 22

The number of annual deaths related to opioid use in Massachusetts increased dramatically between 2000 and 2014, according to the Department of Public Health (DPH). Parents should be aware that young people are at high risk of becoming involved in this fatal epidemic. Data provided   …Continue Reading Opioid Abuse in Massachusetts: What Parents Need to Know

Calling All Treasure Hunters: Join a COASTSWEEP Cleanup This Fall Posted on Sep 8

Calling All Treasure Hunters: Join a COASTSWEEP Cleanup This Fall

This is a guest blog post from the Office of Coastal Zone Management, written by Claudia Geib. If you’ve ever dreamed of searching the shore for pirate loot, now’s your chance! Join a coastal scavenger hunt this fall and help keep your favorite beach trash-free during   …Continue Reading Calling All Treasure Hunters: Join a COASTSWEEP Cleanup This Fall

Crosswalk Safety for Parents and Children Posted on Sep 2

Crosswalk Safety for Parents and Children

According to the Department of Public Health (DPH), pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children in Massachusetts. Additionally, three crossing guards have been fatally struck while on the job in the past seven years. Drivers and parents should be   …Continue Reading Crosswalk Safety for Parents and Children

Canoeing and Kayaking in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 13

Canoeing and Kayaking in Massachusetts

Whether you enjoy canoeing and kayaking for the great workout or the peaceful scenery, you’ll find beautiful waterways to explore in the Commonwealth. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) provides information on scenic areas to paddle, accessible locations, and places to rent and take classes. Rentals   …Continue Reading Canoeing and Kayaking in Massachusetts

6 Ways to Practice Clean Boating in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 11

6 Ways to Practice Clean Boating in Massachusetts

From bilge maintenance to debris cleanup, Bay State boaters can do their part to preserve Massachusetts’ stunning coastal regions. The Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), a division of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), provides clean boating tips to get you   …Continue Reading 6 Ways to Practice Clean Boating in Massachusetts

Enjoy the Outdoors at DCR Parks in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 21

Enjoy the Outdoors at DCR Parks in Massachusetts

Chances are you’re already close to one of the more than 150 state parks in Massachusetts. This summer, 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 and recreation sites are located, how much the   …Continue Reading Enjoy the Outdoors 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