Post Content

DcfcommissionerBy DCF Commissioner Angelo McClain

On May 24, I had the honor of joining members of the New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) as we signed the Sibling’s Bill of Rights. The Sibling’s Bill of Rights was developed to recognize the importance and value of sibling relationships and the need for their preservation. The bill’s creation was inspired by stories of youth in foster care from throughout New England.  Over the past year, youth and agency leaders from the six New England states have collaborated on the bill, which outlines the rights of foster children.  The first principle outlined in the bill states that each foster child in the Commonwealth should be placed with their siblings, whenever possible and appropriate.

The enactment of the Sibling Bill of Rights marks an important milestone in the Department’s ongoing pursuit of improved quality of care for the Commonwealth’s foster youth. The sibling bond is one of the strongest and longest relationships that any of us experience. DCF is deeply committed to honoring that connection and stresses the importance of keeping siblings together in foster care.

I am extremely proud of all of the young men and women who came together to establish the Sibling Bill of Rights, their hard work and dedication.  All of their efforts will help guide our ongoing pursuit of better care for the state’s foster youth.

To view the Sibling Bill of Rights, click here: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dcf/sibling-bill-of-rights.pdf

 

# # #

 

Written By:

Recent Posts

Foster Parents are Lifelong Parents posted on May 28

Foster Parents are Lifelong Parents

Growing up, Eleanor and Norman Herzig were accustomed to the constant hum of a household with eight or more children living under one roof. It was the noise of their childhood – they came from families of eight and 11 children respectively – and it   …Continue Reading Foster Parents are Lifelong Parents

Zakim Goes Green For Mental Health Month posted on May 22

Zakim Goes Green For Mental Health Month

Last year, when Josh Powers saw the Zakim Bridge lit up in blue for autism awareness, he immediately knew what he wanted to do.  He wanted to see the bridge lit with green lights to raise awareness around mental health.  “I want more people to   …Continue Reading Zakim Goes Green For Mental Health Month

Guest Post From Carolyn Graves posted on May 19

Guest Post From Carolyn Graves

Business owner Carolyn Graves, owner of Cakes & Islands, talks about overcoming her physical challenge to realize her sweet dream. I was born deaf. But with the use of hearing aids, I had some hearing.  Without them I couldn’t hear anything at all. My parents   …Continue Reading Guest Post From Carolyn Graves