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Category Archives: Children, Youth and Families

Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire Posted on Feb 17

Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire

If you tried, you probably could hear a pin drop in the room. On a February evening, during a special visit to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) Metro Pre-Trial Detention Unit, nearly a dozen young men sat attentively and completely absorbed in the words   …Continue Reading Teaming Up for DYS Youth: A Long-standing Partnership Serves to Inspire

DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters Posted on Feb 8

DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) begins 2017 with the addition of 15 staff members dedicated to recruiting foster parents across the state. DCF created the foster care recruiter positions as part of the system-wide reform initiated in September 2015 by the Baker-Polito Administration   …Continue Reading DCF Increases Focus on Foster Care Awareness with the Help of 15 New Recruiters

DTA Clients Overcome Life’s Challenges and Share Stories of Perseverance Posted on Nov 4

DTA Clients Overcome Life’s Challenges and Share Stories of Perseverance

Last week in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House more than 100 Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) clients were honored by Commissioner Jeff McCue for taking a positive step on their own personal path to self-sufficiency. These individuals have all been served by   …Continue Reading DTA Clients Overcome Life’s Challenges and Share Stories of Perseverance

Domestic Violence Resources For Families Posted on Oct 22

Whether a child is a victim of, or witness to, domestic violence, the trauma leaves an imprint on their emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing. Research suggests ongoing exposure can even impact brain development and “hardwire” children in ways they may be dealing with into adulthood.   …Continue Reading Domestic Violence Resources For Families

A Year of ORI Successes Posted on Oct 4

Each year, Massachusetts becomes home to 2,400 individuals through the state’s Refugee Resettlement Program administered by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI). Most, like Abdulmohsin (Mike) who immigrated to Massachusetts from Iraq in 2013, come with little to no knowledge of American culture or   …Continue Reading A Year of ORI Successes

DCF Youth Summit Posted on Aug 1

When Ariel Brown needs help navigating college financing, or any kind of life questions a young adult starting out in life might have, she often turns to her Department of Children and Families (DCF) support system. Last month, Ariel was among more than 100 teen-agers   …Continue Reading DCF Youth Summit

ORI’s Mary Truong Inspires at Women2Women International Leadership Conference Posted on Jul 29

ORI’s Mary Truong Inspires at Women2Women International Leadership Conference

This summer, Mary Truong, Executive Director of the Office for Refugees and Immigrants, participated in the Women2Women’s Refugee Panel at Wheelock College on July 28. Women2Women (W2W) is an annual conference in Boston that builds a network of promising young women (ages 15-19) from around   …Continue Reading ORI’s Mary Truong Inspires at Women2Women International Leadership Conference

DYS Youth Voice What Matters Posted on Jun 21

DYS Youth Voice What Matters

“Voice What Matters”, the banner above the stage read, and that is exactly what the youth of the Department of Youth Services (DYS) did. From paintings to sculptures, to videos, songs and dance, they showed who they are and what matters to them. This year   …Continue Reading DYS Youth Voice What Matters

Youth Showcase Illustrates the Value of Arts Education Posted on Jun 10

Youth Showcase Illustrates the Value of Arts Education

On June 16, 2016 The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is hosting the Share Your Art, Share Your Voice! Statewide Youth Showcase at the Paramount Theatre in the Boston Theatre District. This statewide event demonstrates the talent of youth committed to DYS and acknowledges the dedication   …Continue Reading Youth Showcase Illustrates the Value of Arts Education

DTA Cultural Partnership Goes Beyond Providing Benefits by Providing Experiences Posted on May 13

DTA Cultural Partnership Goes Beyond Providing Benefits by Providing Experiences

Did you know anyone in Massachusetts with an EBT card can get reduced or free admission into more than 10 museums across the Commonwealth? The MA Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) partners with educational and cultural institutions statewide granting access to some of the state’s   …Continue Reading DTA Cultural Partnership Goes Beyond Providing Benefits by Providing Experiences