By Director of Assistive Technology for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Karen Langley There is an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When the child has a disability, it can take the involvement of many …Continue Reading “It Takes a Village…”
By DMH General Counsel Lester Blumberg Each year the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I find myself walking into Florian Hall in Dorchester along with dozens of volunteers from the Department Mental Health, kids from local schools, members of the Boston Fire Department Local 718, Friends of …Continue Reading Giving Thanks by Giving Back
By Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children, Youth and Families Kathy Betts Throughout the tenure of the Patrick-Murray Administration, we have heard consistently from Commonwealth residents across the state that the needs of children, youth and families receiving services from state agencies could be better coordinated. The …Continue Reading Finding ways to deliver optimal support
By Ann Nelson, adoptive parent in Swampscott Today, on National Adoption Day, my husband and I will adopt our second child. Our adoption story began 30 years ago when our two birth sons were seven and five-years-old, and we adopted a baby girl. My …Continue Reading Rediscovering the joys of adoption, 30 years later
By DYS Commissioner Jane Tewksbury Earlier this month the Department of Youth Services began the official implementation of a $610,000 Youth Mentoring Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to the state Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public …Continue Reading It takes a partnership…to provide alternatives for at-risk youth
Did you know that there are over 107,000 youth and children waiting to be adopted in the United States? Closer to home, there are 600 children and youth waiting and hoping to find a loving, permanent home in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth has a proud history …Continue Reading November is National Adoption Month!
Posted by Donna Lazorik, RN, MS. Donna is the Immunization Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The best way to protect yourself and your family from getting sick this flu season is to get vaccinated. …Continue Reading Flu Season is Here – Get Vaccinated Today.
By Lani Telian, health communications specialist at DPH All across Massachusetts, you can hear the school bells ringing again. If you’re a parent, you know what that means – busy mornings getting the kids ready and out the door with backpacks and lunch bags in …Continue Reading A healthy lunch: This year’s hottest back-to-school fashion
By DTA Commissioner Julia Kehoe The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is the first line of defense against hunger and currently serves one in eight Massachusetts residents . But what happens to individuals and families who don’t qualify for SNAP and are …Continue Reading New partnership with Greater Boston Food Bank provides a way to reduce ‘food insecurity’ for families in the area
By DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain Recently, the Winchester Star profiled a local foster family that has made a significant difference in the lives of children. Eight years ago, Neilani and Doug Simpson made the decision to serve their community, and the Commonwealth, by providing a …Continue Reading Changing families’ lives, one child at a time