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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

LGBT Health Awareness Week Posted on Mar 31

LGBT Health Awareness Week

This past week marked the 11th Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week, a nationwide event that promotes the unique health and wellness needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This week, we highlight the progress our Commonwealth and the country has made to   …Continue Reading LGBT Health Awareness Week

Happy Social Worker’s Month! Posted on Mar 11

Happy Social Worker’s Month!

  As we begin Social Worker Appreciation Month, we wanted to express how grateful we are for the hard work and tireless dedication of all our social workers across the Commonwealth.  These are the people holding the hands of the children in our care who may   …Continue Reading Happy Social Worker’s Month!

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