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JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of Health and Human Services

 

During a legislative hearing last November, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Angelo McClain attributed his motivation to accept the role of DCF Commissioner to his own experience as a youth within the community residence system in Texas.  He stressed that the support and encouragement he received living with other at-risk youth for several of his adolescent years was essential to his work today at DCF, and expressed the sincere belief that every child, with sustained encouragement and support, can succeed.

Commissioner McClain was recently honored as a 2010 Distinguished Alumnus of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Cal Farley’s is a child and family service provider specializing in residential and community-based services.

The Boys Ranch established this award to honor graduates who carry on the ranch’s spirit of family and community through fellowship, association and support. Commissioner McClain has leveraged his experience at the ranch to inform a career of service to his community, and is an inspiring example of hard work and determination.

At a ceremony for Distinguished Alumni in Amarillo earlier this month, Commissioner McClain was presented with this distinct honor. He is one of only a handful of individuals to receive this award.

Similarly, Commissioner McClain’s professional background adds to his unique perspective and qualifications to lead the Department of Children and Families.  Following graduation from college, the Commissioner worked as a frontline social worker for the Texas DCF.  His unusual perspective, first as a youth who benefited from out-of-home care, and then as a social worker who provided direct support to children and families, has given him firsthand knowledge that he has applied throughout his work improving the lives of children and families in Massachusetts.

Commissioner McClain has professed that early on, he knew that helping people would be ‘something good to do,’ and something that he felt deeply committed to. It’s gratifying for me to see Commissioner McClain honored for his ‘good work,’ and for his dedication to improving others’ lives. I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to the Commissioner and express my abiding appreciation for the “good work” he does leading DCF every day. He is integral to our collective efforts to support children and strengthen families throughout the Commonwealth. He is the leader we need.

To read more about Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and its commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment for kids, go to: http://www.calfarley.org

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