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Category Archives: Children & Families

Protect Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes Posted on Jul 5

Protect Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

No one wants to spend their summer worrying about ticks and mosquitoes. Although it’s hard to escape these pests altogether, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from mosquito and tick bites — and the illnesses they can cause. The Department   …Continue Reading Protect Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

The 100 Deadliest Days: Help Teen Drivers Stay Safe this Summer Posted on Jun 17

The 100 Deadliest Days: Help Teen Drivers Stay Safe this Summer

This is a guest blog post from the Highway Safety Division (HSD) of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). Summer is here. For many in Massachusetts, it’s time for beaches, barbecues, and fun. But for teen drivers, summer is also known as the 100 Deadliest   …Continue Reading The 100 Deadliest Days: Help Teen Drivers Stay Safe this Summer

Adopting in Massachusetts: The Placement Process Posted on Jun 15

Adopting in Massachusetts:  The Placement Process

Adopting in Massachusetts is a wonderful way to provide a loving and stable family for a child who needs one. If you’ve already been approved to adopt a child in Massachusetts — see the last adoption blog post on how to apply — you may   …Continue Reading Adopting in Massachusetts: The Placement Process

How to Stay Active Throughout Your Retirement Posted on May 19

How to Stay Active Throughout Your Retirement

For some, retirement is a welcome (and much-needed) extended vacation, but what if you miss tackling tough projects at work, or want to take this time to find your second calling? The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Conservation and Recreation   …Continue Reading How to Stay Active Throughout Your Retirement

Cycling in Massachusetts Posted on May 3

Cycling in Massachusetts

Whether you’re biking to get in shape, get to work, or have some fun, the Commonwealth has something to offer. The Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), and the Department of   …Continue Reading Cycling in Massachusetts

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

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