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Category Archives: Children, Youth and Families

Secretary Polanowicz Visits DYS Youth in Westborough Posted on Sep 4

Secretary Polanowicz Visits DYS Youth in Westborough

Health and Human Services Secretary Polanowicz recently spent an afternoon visiting with staff and youth from the Department of Youth Services.  Accompanied by DYS Commissioner Peter Forbes, Regional Director Barbara Morton, and Director of Operations of Central Region, Dan O’Sullivan, Secretary Polanowicz observed residential treatment programs   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Visits DYS Youth in Westborough

Refugee Entrepreneurs Growing Our Economy Posted on Aug 5

Refugee Entrepreneurs Growing Our Economy

Nothing embodies the American spirit quite like entrepreneurship. Like America, entrepreneurship thrives on hard work, perseverance, optimism, and an unyielding capacity for renewal. It is because of these qualities that people from around the world dream of a life in America as an independent business   …Continue Reading Refugee Entrepreneurs Growing Our Economy

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees Posted on Jun 18

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

Within refugee communities and during the general resettlement process, LGBTQ refugees face significant challenges. They may have suffered trauma and stigmatization in their home or secondary countries based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and may still suffer or fear that they will suffer   …Continue Reading ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

#IWantAWorld Massachusetts Posted on Jun 16

#IWantAWorld Massachusetts

This month in celebration LGBQ\T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Transgender) Pride and as we look back over 10 years of Massachusetts being the first state to legalize marriage equality and the 16 other states have since followed suit, we look forward toward the next   …Continue Reading #IWantAWorld Massachusetts

Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014 Posted on Jun 11

Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014

The Office for Refugees and Immigrants is delighted to join Governor Deval Patrick in celebrating Africa Week. ORI’s mission is to promote the full participation of refugees and immigrants as self-sufficient individuals and families in the economic, social, and civic life of Massachusetts. Given the myriad trials   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014

May is National Foster Care Month Posted on May 29

May is National Foster Care Month

The thing about being a parent (of any kind) that has always frightened me is that it is the one job you are guaranteed to mess up. I had a rough go of it as a kid, and in reflection realized how important it was that I had people in my life that allowed me safe places to land in the midst of the chaos. I kept the idea of being a foster parent rolling around in the back of my head, despite my fear, because I wanted to offer the safe space to others that I found so vital. In 2009, I made the leap and started the process to become a foster parent.

Celebrating National Family Month: Strengthening Families Posted on May 21

Celebrating National Family Month: Strengthening Families

National Family Month provides an opportunity to reflect on your family and families around the Commonwealth and ways we can help make them stronger. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) works hard every day to help make families stronger by providing vital assistance to the Commonwealth’s   …Continue Reading Celebrating National Family Month: Strengthening Families

Celebrating National Family Month Posted on May 12

Celebrating National Family Month

Strong, healthy and happy families are the foundation of our society. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in May and June, we’d like to take this time to celebrate our Commonwealth’s families and highlight some of the new services available for families around the state.   …Continue Reading Celebrating National Family Month

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week! Posted on May 6

Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

May 4th through the 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Week! Since 2002, the Governor of Massachusetts, along with dozens of mayors across the state, has issued an official proclamation for Children’s Mental Health Week. Children’s Mental Health Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Children’s Mental Health Week!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Posted on Apr 10

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

A Message from Kathleen Betts, Assistant Secretary, Office of Children, Youth, and Families: Did you know that 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted across our Commonwealth each year?  This month, I proudly listened to Governor Deval Patrick proclaim April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  According   …Continue Reading Sexual Assault Awareness Month