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Category Archives: Children, Youth and Families

DYS Joins Patrick Administration in White Ribbon Day Pledge Posted on Mar 6

DYS Joins Patrick Administration in White Ribbon Day Pledge

From the halls of the State House to the halls of its youth programs, the Department of Youth Services’ (DYS) commitment to uphold the White Ribbon Day’s pledge was clearly visible. On March 6, DYS staff from various departments, including the Victim Services Unit and   …Continue Reading DYS Joins Patrick Administration in White Ribbon Day Pledge

Governor Patrick, Secretary Polanowicz Promote Safe and Succesful Youth Initiative Posted on Feb 26

Governor Patrick, Secretary Polanowicz Promote Safe and Succesful Youth Initiative

Reemphasizing the commitment of the Administration to stopping youth violence, Governor Deval Patrick and Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz visited Safe and Successful Youth Initiative Programs (SSYI) in Springfield and Boston this month. Launched in 2011, SSYI has provided over $18 million in grants   …Continue Reading Governor Patrick, Secretary Polanowicz Promote Safe and Succesful Youth Initiative

Massachusetts Celebrates National Adoption Day Posted on Nov 30

Massachusetts Celebrates National Adoption Day

In a very special court proceedings, Health and Human Services Secretary Polanowicz was joined by other officials in the Patrick Administration’s celebration of the 11th Annual National Adoption Day. At the Edward Brooke Courthouse in Boston, Secretary Polanowicz remarked that the day not only marked   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Celebrates National Adoption Day

Strengthening Support Services and Empowering Integrated Care Posted on Nov 6

Strengthening Support Services and Empowering Integrated Care

Remarks by Secretary Polanowicz to 38th Annual Providers’ Council Convention & Expo: Champions for Change  Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting not only me to speak with you all today, but many of my Assistant Secretaries and Commissioners. I am confident that throughout the panels today, you   …Continue Reading Strengthening Support Services and Empowering Integrated Care

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Posted on Oct 22

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Over the past 30+ years, domestic violence services have grown beyond simply providing emergency shelter services, and with increased awareness, the effects of family violence have become better understood. President Obama points to this critical need in his 2013 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation: Ending violence   …Continue Reading October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Secretary Polanowicz Announces: Posted on Oct 7

Secretary Polanowicz Announces:

A Message from Secretary Polanowicz Today I’m pleased to announce Kristin Thorn as Medicaid Director and Olga Roche as Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Please join me in congratulating Kristin and Olga in their new positions. Medicaid Director – Kristin Thorn   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Announces:

Let’s Celebrate Citizenship! Posted on Sep 17

Let’s Celebrate Citizenship!

Today, we celebrate Citizenship Day. On this date in 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed America’s foundational government document, and is now celebrated in a federal observance that highlights citizenship as our common bond to the Constitution. The Unites States, known as the Land of   …Continue Reading Let’s Celebrate Citizenship!

DYS Initiative Wins 2013 Governor’s Award Posted on Aug 20

DYS Initiative Wins 2013 Governor’s Award

The Department of Youth Services’ Central Region Reception Center (CRRC) was recently awarded the 2013 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. Presented annually, the Carballo award is given to the top 10 employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards   …Continue Reading DYS Initiative Wins 2013 Governor’s Award

Department of Children & Families 2013 Foster Youth Summit Posted on Jul 22

Department of Children & Families 2013 Foster Youth Summit

I had the pleasure of joining over 100 foster youth from across the Commonwealth at the 13th Annual Department of Children and Families’ Foster Youth Summit. I was joined by Health and Human Services’ Secretary Polanowicz and David Dirks of BNY Mellon, our event sponsors.   …Continue Reading Department of Children & Families 2013 Foster Youth Summit

June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day Posted on Jun 20

June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day

Each year on June 20th the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day. It was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homes   …Continue Reading June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day